Hopper is an
internationally known potter, teacher, author, garden designer and
arts activist. He has taught throughout Canada, and in England,
U.S.A., Australia, New Zealand, China, Korea, Japan and Israel. His
ceramic work is in public, corporate and private collections
throughout the world. He was born in England in 1939, and trained
there at Croydon College of Art (1956-1961). He has developed
studios in both England and Canada, where he immigrated in 1968.
After two years teaching in Toronto at Central Technical School, he
set up and headed the Ceramics and Glass Department at Georgian
College, Barrie, Ontario. In 1972 he resigned from teaching to
devote full energies to his work in ceramics. 1977 included
relocation to Victoria, B.C., Canada, and becoming the first
recipient of the Bronfman
Canada’s most prestigious annual award in the crafts. He is
an honourary member of NCECA. He is the author of
Ceramic Spectrum”, “Functional
Marks”, a new
edition of Daniel Rhodes' "Clay
and Glazes for the Potter", and his autobiography,
Hopper Ceramics”. For more information on his
books please go to the Books and Videos page. He has written many articles in
major international ceramics publications. He is the Founding
President Emeritus of the Metchosin International Summer School of the
In 1993 he developed a series of six educational videos on ceramic decoration processes titled “Making Marks”, based on research material for a book of the same title. In 1994, a second series of five videos on design and aesthetics was produced, titled “Form and Function”, and based on his second book “Functional Pottery”. Since then he has made “Beginning to Throw on the Potter's Wheel”, and “Advanced Throwing”. The videos and now DVDs are commercially available through PotteryVideos.com or from our own showroom. Robin’s work in ceramics over a 50 year period includes a great deal of ceramic historical and technical research, and an ongoing studio involvement with one-of-a-kind art works, primarily in porcelain and now his new interest in the area of glaze paintings.
Next to ceramics, good living and travel, his other life-long passion is gardening, particularly the research into and love of Oriental gardens. His “Anglojapanadian Garden" at ’Chosin Pottery has been featured in books, several television programs and many magazines.
Robin has just written a new eBook called “A Potter’s Garden - An Artist’s Approach to Creative Garden-Making”. This book illustrates his award-winning garden and the influences and inspiration that it has had on his pottery. It is the story of a very personal garden and its development through the eyes and mind of an artist. It is about creative garden-making. It is $9.99 US and can be downloaded at Smashwords. Note: for optimal image-viewing, the book is best viewed as a PDF.
Check out Robin’s blog and his FaceBook page.