Robin Hopper was an internationally
known potter, teacher and author. He taught throughout Canada,
the U.S.A., and in England, Australia, New Zealand, China, Korea,
and Japan. His ceramic work is in public, corporate and private collections
throughout the world.
Robinís work in ceramics spanned over many years including a great
deal of ceramic historical and technical research, and studio involvement with both functional production and one-of-a-kind
art works, primarily in porcelain.
Born in England in 1939, he attended Croydon College of Art (1956-1961).
He 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 and relocated to Victoria,
B.C., Canada in 1977. Robin passed away in 2017.
Robin was the first recipient of the Bronfman Award, Canadaís
most prestigious annual award in the crafts, and the
NCECA Honors Award for Lifetime Achievement and Service to
Ceramic Education. Just before his passing, he received the Order of Canada. He was the author of
'The Ceramic Spectrum', 'Functional Pottery',
a new edition of Daniel Rhodes 'Clay and Glazes for the Potter', 'Stayin' Alive',
'Making Marks: Discovering the Ceramic Surface', and
Robin Hopper Ceramics: A Lifetime of Works, Ideas and Teachings".
He has written many articles in major
international ceramics publications and was the Founder and Director
of the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts.