After receiving her BFA Honours degree from the University of Manitoba, Koop began work as a full time potter. In 1981 she became an exhibiting member of the Stoneware Gallery, a 30 year old artist run cooperative which is devoted to the show and sale of works in clay. Here she remains currently active and together with four partners, also operates and manages an attached studio offering classes to the public. While maintaining her practice, she has also taught many classes and given several workshops, both locally and nationally.
Koop’s porcelain vessels have been exhibited in many shows including a national exhibition at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, entitled On The Table, 100 Years of Functional Ceramics in Canada, as well as, several shows at the Winnipeg Art Gallery including Clay at the Crossroads: Directions in Contemporary Ceramics. Other exhibitions have taken her work to the USA, Hong Kong, and Japan. It can also be seen in numerous exhibition catalogues, ceramic books and publications such as Robin Hopper’s Ceramic Spectrum, and several of the Lark Publications 500 Series,.
Koop has been the recipient of several awards, including the “First Prize” in the national exhibition The Collection from Maxwell House, Coffee Services, and has won more than once “The Marilyn Wolodarsky Levitt Award for Functional Pottery”, in the Manitoba Crafts Council's annual juried exhibitions. In 2008 she also won a juror’s award in the same show. Her work is also in many notable collections that include private, public, corporate and government collections such as the Governments of Manitoba and of Canada, and the Art Banks of the Canada Council and the Manitoba Arts Council.
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