About Ann Marie - aka @annieoclay
Clay is pivotal in Ann Marie Cooper's life. In 2009, she began working at Good Earth Pottery gallery in Bellingham, WA--hired for her experience in art sales and marketing. It didn't take long for the work to ignite her longtime back-burner dream of making pottery. Ann Marie became a potter, a teacher of ceramics to children and adults, an active member of the Washington Clay Arts Association, Co-Founder of Whatcom Artists of Clay & Kiln (WACK), and eventually, owner of Good Earth Pottery. Then, in 2022, she also became manager of Cohorts.Art. All signs point to clay.
Ann Marie's journey into clay began on the potter's wheel, but after a workshop in coil-building, she abandoned the wheel and devoted her efforts to hand-building and developing her own signature--and evolving--style of ceramics. However, after over a decade of specializing in coils and slabs, Ann Marie has reunited with the potter's wheel, enjoying the exploration and challenges of this fork in her artistic path. Will she return to coil-building? Time will tell. For now, watch for new, smooth work coming out of Ann Marie's home studio, Kulshan Clayworks.
Good Earth Pottery is a contemporary ceramics gallery representing local and national artists, located in the historic Fairhaven Village of Bellingham, Washington since 1969. You will likely encounter Ann Marie in the gallery if you come visit:
1000 Harris Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225
Ann Marie has joined forces with Simon Levin as manager of Cohorts.Art.
Read her blog post about this exciting small batch mentorship program for artistic growth!