Tessa Eastman

Creativity and innovation sit at the heart of Eastman’s artistic practice and collectors are drawn to the originality, skill and the daring approach she brings to ceramic art. Building pieces by hand, she draws inspiration from organic form as seen through a microscope or in the skies. She explores the strangeness of growth of natural phenomena in which systems flow and digress from an intended pattern. Eastman’s playful aesthetic lends itself to the abstract cloud-like formations or curious and ambiguous sea-like creatures that appear to inhabit her work. Whether one relates pieces to the astral or underwater world, her sculptures are metaphors for the multifaceted personalities of people, which are sometimes biting and sometimes sweet. The idiosyncratic shape, the combination of solid and open forms, bulbous and interlaced, accretive and geometric, weighs with the attention she gives to their surfaces. Coarse and smooth, soft and glossy, pristine and weathered, textures are presented in heightened colours, following intensive research into glaze science.

Eastman’s studio is situated at Cockpit Arts, a community of London’s leading craftspeople. She graduated from the University of Westminster in 2006 with a BA Honours in Ceramics, and in 2015 gained a MA in Ceramics and Glass from one of the world’s most reputable design schools, the Royal College of Art. Eastman was shortlisted for the Young Masters Art Prize in 2017 and won the Craft Emergency Award in 2016. She has been exhibiting in the UK and abroad since 2005 and her work is shown regularly at International Art Fairs. Her sculptures have been selected for Biennials including the British Ceramics Biennial at the old Spode Factory in Stoke-on-Trent in 2015 and she received an honourable mention at the Gyeonggi Ceramic Biennale in Korea in 2017. Pieces have found a serious following among collectors and her work has been commissioned and presented by the financial firms Abacus in 2003, Gresham Private Equity in 2016 and Clifford Chance in 2019.

Born

  • 1984 London

Education

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

Awards

  • 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

  • 2021 Crafting a Difference, Ting Ying Gallery, Argentine Ambassador’s Residence, London UK
  • 2021 Pik’d Gallery Collab, Walls House of Art, Abidjan Côte d’Ivoire West Africa
  • 2021 Crafting a Difference, Ting Ying Gallery, SoShiro, London UK
  • 2020 Focus/20, Ting Ying Gallery, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, London UK
  • 2020 Reopening, Jason Jacques Gallery, New York USA
  • 2020 Cure3, Bonhams, London UK
  • 2020 Ode to Clay, Jason Jacques Gallery, New York US
  • 2020 Retrospective, Galerie de l’Ancienne Poste, Toucy France
  • 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

  • 2021 Contemporary British Ceramics; beneath the surface, Ashley Thorpe, Crowood Press
  • 2020 Special Effect Glazes, Linda Bloomfield, The New Ceramics, Bloomsbury Publishin
  • 2020 het grote K boek 3, Mels Boom, De kleine K, The Netherlands
  • 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

Collections

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

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