Carl Cooper (1912-1966) was born at Williamstown, VIctoria. He contracted poliomyelitis in his twenties and became interested in pottery around the same time that Arthur Merric Boyd and John Perceval opened their AMB Pottery at Murrumbeena, Victoria, in 1945. Cooper was living nearby with his mother and had also met Perceval in hospital. Sometime after 1945, he set up his own studio and started making functional earthenware pieces incised or painted in designs influenced by Aboriginal bark paintings he had seen published in Art in Australia. Friends sometimes threw but mostly cast the pots for him. He was often too ill to work and eventually ceased production in 1963. There is a short bibliography with his entry in Australian Art Pottery 1900-1950 (the main source for this description), and he also has an entry in Geoff Ford's Encyclopedia of Australian Potters' Marks (2002).