Tessa’s work appears curiously alive with movement. Building her shapes by hand, she draws inspiration from organic forms as seen through a microscope. The artist explores the strangeness of growth of natural phenomena in which systems flow and digress from an intended pattern, subsequently translating her findings into colourful glazed ceramics.
Grouping her works highlights the contrast and creates a dialogue between pieces. While creating she looks for differences such as soft and hard, order and chaos, geometry and irregularity. Tessa says: “I aim to fix ungraspable states such as fleeting clouds, which represent both the ideal and the perishable, the doom and the fantasy”. It is through sensitivity to form and glaze that her pieces become animated and much time is invested in glaze research and testing. Tessa says: “Colour is inspiring to me and it can help create distinction between form and shape. Matt and shiny, coarse and smooth and hot and cool coloured glazes are used to offer depth of character to a work”.