Ann Marie Cooper, 37, grew up in Edmonds and came to Bellingham to attend Western Washington University in 1995, but moved away after graduation and marriage in 2000. After many years of visiting what felt like home, her family made their permanent move back to Bellingham in 2009.
Cooper says she named her business Kulshan Clayworks because living in Bellingham is so much of who she is and who she has become. She says she can’t imagine living anywhere else.
Cooper joins seven other artists in “Dirty Dan Day Demos,” a celebration of Good Earth’s Pottery’s 45-plus years in business, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at the store, 1000 Harris Ave.
Cooper also is the featured artist at Good Earth for the month of May.
I have a lovely little studio in my backyard, I run the clay program at my son’s school, teach classes for kids and adults, and last year I co-founded Whatcom Artists of Clay & Kiln (WACK), an organization devoted to promoting clay culture in Whatcom County.
My work is primarily coil-built. I hand-roll clay into coils — long snakes of clay — and create my designs in reverse. It’s not until the piece is flipped over or removed from its building form that I see the results; it’s an exciting and challenging way to work. I fire the majority of my work in an electric kiln, and some of it in a wood-fired kiln for a very different finish.