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Tim Copsey
The Peak District, UK

The Peak District Pennine landscape and its seasons are the backdrop to everything Tim Copsey makes. This is pottery on the border between function and sculpture; in essence vases, bowls, bottles and cups, although these are really just 'Serving Suggestions'.

Works such as the Waterfall pieces are directly Inspired by observing and depicting how water races over and around rocks, glistening and reflective, as direct a reference to pouring as the onomatopoeic ‘tok tok’ of the tokkuri form.

Tim finds deep inspiration in Japanese forms and techniques, early experiments in camouflage such as dazzle, Prehistoric ceramic forms and Situationist art.



His work has been described as ‘beautifully ugly’ or like ‘space debris’ - he hopes that the work is playful, elemental if occasionally jarring or surprising and ultimately resonant of their materiality and the landscape from which they derive. 

Tim works from his studio in the Peak District, alongside working with artists and creative organisations as a filmmaker. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across the UK and featured in the publication 'Contemporary British Studio Pottery, Forms of Expression' by Ashley Thorpe (published by the Crowood Press (2023)). He recently completed an AA2A (Artists in Art Schools) residency at UCLan working with the MA students, allowing him to explore work on a larger scale.


Detail of 'Gold Waterfall (Issues Edge)',

shino, ash and tenmoku glazes with black porcelain dust and gold lustre, h. 50 x w. 90 cm

Gallery Collection

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