Tessa Eastman

Tessa Eastman’s ceramic sculptures appear curiously alive with movement. Meticulously building her shapes by hand, she draws inspiration from organic forms as seen through a microscope. She explores the strangeness of the growth of natural phenomena in which systems flow and digress from an intended pattern, translating her findings in richly glazed ceramics.  

While making Eastman strives for contrasts: soft and hard, order and chaos, geometry and irregularity. It is through sensitivity to form and glaze that her pieces become animated and much time is invested in glaze research and testing. Matt and shiny, coarse and smooth, and hot and cool coloured glazes are used to offer depth of character to a work. When seen in groups these contrasts are highlighted, creating a dialogue between pieces whereby negative space is valued as much as the objects. 

Eastman says of her work I aim to fix ungraspable states such as fleeting clouds, which represent the ideal and the perishable, the doom and the fantasy. 


  • 1984 London


  • 2013–15 MA Ceramics & Glass, Royal College of Art, London
  • 2003-06 BA (Hons) Ceramics, University of Westminster, London


  • 2018 Ceramics Art + Perception Magazine Writing Prize, Bridging the Divide: The Poised Sculpture of Tessa Eastman by Ashley Thorpe
  • 2018 Shortlisted for the Carter Preston Prize, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
  • 2017 Member of the Royal Society of Sculptors
  • 2017 Shortlisted for the Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize, with the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, UK and USA
  • 2017 Honourable Mention, Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, Korea
  • 2016 London Creative Network Professional Development Programme
  • 2016 Craft Emergency Award, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2019 Cloudspotting, Jason Jacques Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2019 The disorder in delight of the imagination, Galerie de l’Ancienne Poste, Toucy, France
  • 2019 Collect, with the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, London
  • 2018 Still Lifes / Present & Collect, Contemporary Applied Arts
  • 2018 New Member Showcase, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
  • 2018 Art New York, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2018 Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London
  • 2018 Milan Design Week, Salone del Mobile, Nilufar Gallery, Milan Italy
  • 2018 Art Boca Raton Contemporary Art Fair, Steidel Contemporary, Boca Raton, Florida, USA
  • 2018 Art Wynwood, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Florida, USA
  • 2018 Contemporary Ceramics Auction, Paddle8, New York, USA
  • 2018 Art Palm Beach, Steidel Contemporary, Florida, USA
  • 2017 Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London
  • 2017 Art Miami, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Florida, USA
  • 2017 Vigorous Form, Unit 9 Gallery, London
  • 2017 Holiday House, FBC London, London
  • 2017 Tresor Contemporary Craft, Puls Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
  • 2017 Cracked, 50 Golborne Gallery, London
  • 2017 Young Masters Prize, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London
  • 2017 Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, Korea
  • 2017 Pour Me, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Devon
  • 2017 Puls Contemporary Ceramics, Puls Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2016-17 Craft Emergency, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
  • 2015 British Ceramics Biennial, Spode Factory, Stoke-on-Trent
  • 2015 Rupert Cavendish Antiques, London

Selected Publications

  • 2019 Colour in Glazes, Linda Bloomfield
  • 2017 Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, Korea Ceramic Foundation
  • 2012 Tradition & Innovation: Five Decades of Harrow Ceramics, foreword by Alun Graves, edited by Tessa Peters, University of Westminster


  • KOCEF Korea Ceramic Foundation, Korea
  • Gresham Private Equity, London
  • Abacus plc
  • Bryanston Association, Dorset

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