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Tessa Eastman

MA work

Cloud Bundles And Other Stories

I enjoy the challenge of creating complex arrangements in clay using various hand building construction methods.

Observations of the often overlooked detail of cloud, bone, crystal and microscopic plant systems form a starting point to producing curious sculptures.

I‘m excited by the strange otherworldliness of natural phenomena which transports me away from the mundane. It is intriguing when regular and repetitive sequences found in organisms transmute to create a feeling of awkwardness, where static form can seem alive.

The dissimilarity of geometry and irregularity, order and chaos, soft and hard, evoke awareness of the impermanent state of human emotions and the ever evolving life cycle.

Glaze colour and surface are important in adding character to pieces.

I glaze fire numerous times and uses glossy and dry glazes that have coarse and smooth effects.

I aim for forms to be beautiful in a bizarre manner so as to aid the appreciation of life’s absurdities where things don't always make sense.


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Ceramics & Glass, 2015

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Ceramics, University of Westminster, 2006
  • Experience

  • Pottery tutor, The Ceramics Studio Co-Op, London, 2014–Present; Pottery technician and tutor, The Malden Centre, New Malden, 2008–13; Artist in residence, Richard Challoner School, New Malden, 2007–13; Assistant to ceramicist, Kate Malone, London/France, 2002–07
  • Exhibitions

  • In Support of Eating, Sketch, London, 2015; Chinese Finishing School, Collector’s Home, London, 2015; Ceramic Art Student Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2014–15; Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2014–15; Jonathan Ross Christmas and Spring Shows, Gallery 286, London, 2012–14; Five Decades of Harrow Ceramics, Contemporary Applied Arts, London, 2012; Bicha Gallery Shows, Oxo Tower, London, 2011–12; Affordable Art Fairs, Bicha Gallery, Bristol, 2009–10; Art from Earth, Tower 42, London, 2006; Les 4 Saisons – L’Automne, Beddington Fine Art, France, 2006; Step Closer Show, Gallery West, Harrow, 2005–06
  • Publications

  • Lauren Romano, Behind The Scenes: The Artists’, Fulham Residents’ Journal Issue 23 July/Aug 2014, page 9; Melissa Gamwell, Sweets for My Sweet, Sugar for My Honey, Ceramic Review, Issue 250 July/Augu 2011, pages 35-37; Forward by Alun Graves & Edited by Tessa Peters, Tradition & Innovation: Five Decades of Harrow Ceramics, University of Westminster, London, 2012 page 61