in 1902 in the Stansfield area of Burslem, Stoke on Trent, Susie Cooper's
education eventually found her studying under the influence of Gordon Forsyth,
having been awarded a scholarship at the Burslem School of Art. Intending
to pursue a career in fashion, her application to the Royal College of Art,
London was rejected because she was not currently working in a related industry.
Gordon Forsyth suggested that Susie should work for a local potter, A.E.Gray
in order to meet the college requirements. In 1922 Susie joined A.E.Gray
initially to train as a paintress. however she was soon promoted to resident