Tessa Eastman is an award-winning British ceramic artist with over twenty years’ experience of working with clay. She lives and works in London UK. Tessa graduated from the University of Westminster in 2006 with a BA Honours in Ceramics, and in 2015 gained a MA in Ceramics & Glass from one of the world’s most reputable design schools, The Royal College of Art.
She worked in London and France from 2002 to 2007 as an assistant to renowned ceramicist Kate Malone who featured in the Great British Pottery Throw Down BBC TV series. Tessa has been teaching since 2005 and currently runs ceramic courses at the Kiln Rooms, open access ceramics studios providing professional development and at the Heatherley School of Art, one of London’s oldest Independent art colleges where all tutors are practicing artists.
Her dynamic work is at the vanguard of the contemporary ceramic art scene and in her relatively short career she has been able to impress many with her originality, skill and above all with a daring new approach to the art form. Tessa’s meticulously hand built cloud bundles and complex crystal formations have found a serious following among collectors and and her sculptures have been commissioned and presented by the financial firms Abacus in 2003, Gresham Private Equity in 2006 and Clifford Chance in 2018-19.
Tessa was shortlisted for the Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize with The Cynthia Corbett Gallery in 2017 and won the Craft Emergency Award in 2016, with a solo exhibition at Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth in 2018. She has been exhibiting in the UK and internationally since 2005 and notable shows include Art Miami and Collect: the International Art Fair for Modern Craft and Design at London’s Saatchi Gallery with The Cynthia Corbett Gallery in 2018 and 2019. Tessa’s work has been selected for Biennials including the British Ceramics Biennial at the Old Spode Factory (Stoke-on-Trent, 2015) and she received an honorable mention at the Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale (Korea, 2017).