CV/Bio

 
Originally from London, Alison Cooper is one of the pioneers of the resurrection of the 1920s Los Angeles art-tile movement. Her work has been widely featured in art publications, and design and fashion magazines including Elle and Vogue.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The cracking of the "cuerda seca" (dry-line) technique of the antique Malibu tiles was the first step that led to the rediscovery of a colorful part of Los Angeles history, bringing the lost art of the historic Malibu Potteries' tile-making back into the public eye. Alison was lucky enough to work with artisan potter Jim Sullivan at Malibu Ceramic Works and tile artists Richard Keit and New York based Joyce Kozloff during this exciting time of exploration and experimentation. Her knowledge of glaze formulation developed along with the bold tile designs and brilliant colors that are her signature, while never straying far from the spirit of the original Malibu tiles.
 
 
 
 
 
 
At 22, Cooper's first residential commission fell in her lap when celebrity (now) Caitlyn Jenner discovered her work. That client list expanded into rock and roll and the Los Angeles fashion and entertainment industry. Architects of note have included Norman Pfeiffer and Maguire Thomas & Partners, and her work can be seen around town. 
 
After seeing an early article on her tile-art in House & Garden Magazine, TV celebrity designer Christopher Lowell of the Discovery Channel's popular Interior Motives TV show dedicated an episode to her work that was aired nationally and internationally.
 
Alison's one-of-a-kind tile designs, public installations, and mosaics have been widely published in articles, in books and magazines. The striking pool and spa she designed for record executive Simon Potts' Hollywood Hills home that became one of the "hot LA locations" for the fashion industry was featured in numerous photoshoots for magazines including Vogue, Elle, and even Playboy. Potts' house was a favorite location of top photographers, including Gilles Bensimon.

Cooper also custom-designs mosaic panels using glass and tile and found objects and offers a selection of hand-pressed tiles for walls and fireplaces in her new Wild West "Rustic" line.
 
Works in public view include tile at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden's popular Peacock Cafe, the Serra Retreat in Malibu, and the extensive decorative tilework designed by Alison for the 80-foot long Artisan Alley mosaic, tiled fountain, and the mosaic bench seat at the Del Mar Plaza, California.
 
 

                                 
 
 
A pedestal sundial constructed from antique Malibu tiles recovered from the fire of 1932 that devastated the original Malibu Potteries stands on the peninsula of the Serra Retreat, Malibu.
 
 


Consultation and design services available for pools, outdoor and indoor projects, and for restoration of historical installations and design of large-scale works.



 


 
Cooper co-produces a show for public radio, and was honored by the California Assembly in 2010 for her community involvement.