Justin Cooper

Cementa Artwork at Old Pharmacy

Speed Firing

Materials | Recycled ceramics, found steel, found and bought glass, raw clay, processed clay, volcanic siltstone and limestone

My work explores the process of Hyper-Firing. The technique was formed by found ceramic material interacting with known processed ceramic material, pushing the envelope of chaotic interaction. I’ve been an evangelist for ‘process over product’, avoiding ceramic trends of function and mass production. The raw, found and bought materials from Kandos have led to the development of my Hyper-Firing Theory, that promises optimal speed firing using only solar power. Recycled ceramics, found steel, found and bought glass, raw clay, processed clay, volcanic siltstone, limestone and a new form of internal kiln engineering to create objects driven by the experimentation of Hyper-Firing process.

1. Justin Cooper, Speed Firing 2017 Recycled ceramics, found steel, found and bought glass, raw clay, processed clay, volcanic siltstone and limestone. photo ian hobbs
1. Justin Cooper, Speed Firing 2017 Recycled ceramics, found steel, found and bought glass, raw clay, processed clay, volcanic siltstone and limestone. photo ian hobbs
Justin Cooper's bio:

Justin Cooper is a graduate from the National Art School, Sydney, BFA Honours. Justin was a finalist in the 2010 Doug Moran Portrait Prize and was awarded runner up. In 2012–13 he was selected for the Rick Amor Drawing Prize, Swan Hill Print and Drawing Prize, Hazelhurst Works on Paper Award and the Fluerieu Art Prize. He has also completed a residency at International Cite Des Arts, Paris, and was invited by Jam Projects to be part of a mural project in San Diego, Calfornia. Previous exhibitions include solo shows with Anna Pappas Gallery, Firstdraft Gallery and AM Gallery. Recently he co-founded Woo Bats, an alternative electronic punk rock project, with HT from Tokyo, Japan.

My multidisciplinary practice revolves around the experimentation of process, using varied materials from a wide range of disciplines. Without being tied to traditional outcomes or known methodologies, I create the new through opposing techniques.

2. Justin Cooper, Speed Firing 2017 Recycled ceramics, found steel, found and bought glass, raw clay, processed clay, volcanic siltstone and limestone. photo ian hobbs
2. Justin Cooper, Speed Firing 2017 Recycled ceramics, found steel, found and bought glass, raw clay, processed clay, volcanic siltstone and limestone. photo ian hobbs