Tessa Eastman is an award-winning artist with over twenty years’ of experience working with clay and glaze. Her dynamic sculpture sits at the vanguard of the contemporary ceramic art scene and she has impressed many, bringing originality, skill and a daring approach to the art form. Her sculptures appear curiously alive with movement and her Cloud Bundles have found a serious following among collectors, gallerists and ceramophiles alike. Work has been presented by the financial firms Abacus (2003), Gresham (2006) and Clifford Chance (2019).
Tessa has been shortlisted for the Cynthia Corbett Gallery’s Young Masters Prize (2017) and she won the Craft Emergency Award (2016). Notable solo shows include ‘Cloudspotting’ with Jason Jacques, NYC and ‘Le désordre en délice de l’imagination’ with Galerie de l’Ancienne Poste, France (2019). Her work has been selected for the British Ceramics Biennial (2015) and she received an honourable mention at the Korean Gyeonggi Ceramic Biennale (2017).
Tessa has been teaching since 2005, currently working at the Kiln Rooms, studios providing professional development and Heatherleys, one of London’s oldest Independent art colleges. She holds a ceramics BA Honours from the University of Westminster (2006), and a MA from the Royal College of Art (2015).
Tessa’s work brings joy and stimulates our senses every time we see and study its form and colours. So glad to have it in our collection.
‘Many artists repeatedly tread the same old path. Tessa takes fresh steps into the unknown by walking into the water until she is slightly out of her depth. This is where the greatest creativity is achieved’.
‘Tessa’s work is memorably beautiful and I am thrilled to own ‘Ladder to Mushroom Cloud’ which now sits in my oriental dresser amongst many ceramic pieces by well-known makers’.
Collector and Gallerist, UK
‘I am changing the positioning of Tessa’s pieces almost weekly and am constantly forming new groups. I like it when the ceramics communicate with each other’.
‘I love ‘Purple Cloud’. It is small and appears dense but is light to handle. The colour is rich and deep – such a glorious contradiction’.
‘Tessa is an excellent teacher. She is generous in sharing with others the way she works with clay and glaze. With a combination of being passionate and caring, I feel content after her classes’.