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Tessa Eastman working on a ceramic sculpture


Ceramic skills are acquired through dedication and Tessa believes it is essential for learned knowledge to be passed on. Student and teacher become improved makers by working together because whilst the student is better informed, the teacher becomes skill conscious.

Tessa is an experienced ceramic tutor and considered an expert in her field. She holds a ceramic Master’s degree from The Royal College of Art. With many years of professional practice and teaching experience, her advice is sought after by those looking to begin their interest in ceramics and students wishing to take their knowledge further.

Classes are in well equipped studios with an extensive range of and clay and glaze. Beginners are introduced to the varied methods of using clay to produce functional and artistic works. These range from everyday items to sculptural forms. Surface is explored through coloured slips, glazes, underglazes and oxides with experimentation into printing.

The class emphasis is to feel well and enjoy making and learning in a sociable, creative environment. Sessions are designed for all levels and abilities, with individuals working at their own pace. Courses allow for improvement and creative exchange. Students are encouraged to investigate new ideas, techniques and the work of contemporary and historical makers.

‘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’.

Student, UK


Tessa teaches on Zoom hosted by Heatherleys. Use these sessions to gain helpful advice and feedback, discuss ideas, receive technical support or obtain a constructive overview of your creative progress.

Book online for 40 minute one-to-one Zoom tutorials at £40.00. Tessa will get in touch to arrange a convenient time.

Classes at The Heatherley School of Fine Art

Tessa teaches hand building classes at Heatherleys in Chelsea, west London. Courses include 12 week Saturday 5 hour ceramic classes. Tessa also works with the Sculpture Diploma students.

Enrol online here.

Watch a 3 minute film on ceramics at Heatherleys and an 8 minute film on the Sculpture Diploma at Heatherleys.

Classes at The Clay Garden

Tessa teaches hand building and throwing classes at the Clay Garden in Hammersmith, west London. Courses include 2 hour individual and group private ceramic classes.

For more info and to book send a message.

Classes at The Kiln Rooms

Tessa teaches throwing and hand building classes at the Kiln Rooms in Farringdon and Peckham, central and south east London. Courses include 12 week Monday and Tuesday 3 hour evening pottery classes in Peckham and Friday evenings in Farringdon.

For more info and to book send a message.

Private tuition

For focused classes with fast progression, Tessa is available for private tuition one on one or in small groups in her studio at Cockpit Bloomsbury, central London.

Private ceramics tuition is an opportunity to spend an intensive period of time increasing hand building and/or throwing skills under expert guidance.

Students will be assessed individually for their learning requirements and lessons can be used to troubleshoot recurring issues.

Tessa has in-depth glaze knowledge and teaches private classes on glaze science and glaze chemistry tailored to the needs of the individual.

The cost is £100.00 an hour per person, inclusive of materials and kiln firing. The price reflects the size of the class, quality of teaching and the personal guidance received.

Bookings are confirmed by advance payment. Get in touch to discuss lesson details.

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