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TESSA EASTMAN

"I am committed to the challenge of hand-building in clay, using various techniques to create complex ceramic sculptures. The often overlooked detail of bone, cloud, crystal and microscopic structures are observed as a starting point to developing pieces which possess a curious ambiguity. I aim to fix un-graspable states such as fleeing cloud formations which represent the both the ideal and the perishable, signifying doom and fantasy. The strange otherworldliness of natural phenomena transports me away from the mundane and I become excited when fixed ceramic form seems alive, evoking awareness of life’s impermanence where not all makes sense. I am fascinated by the disruptive dynamism formed when repetitive growth patterns in living systems mutate as this produces tension.

 

Grouping sculptures enhances their unique persona as they form a dialogue, which generates an atmosphere of congruence and conflict. Contrast assists in generating an awkward air where geometry and irregularity, order and chaos, soft and hard evoke awareness of the impermanence of human emotions. Voluminous cloud shapes exploring the theme of space pushing out are juxtaposed with opposing harsh mesh structures that reveal the internal. This relationship between internal and external relates to receptacles and the body where the void is a life force. Time is devoted to glaze testing and multiple firing. Equally through use of rich glaze surface and three dimensional forms, pieces develop depth of character."

Education

2013-15 MA Ceramics & Glass, Royal College of Art, London UK

2003-06 BA Hons Ceramics: Upper Second, University of Westminster, London UK

2002-03 BTEC National Diploma Foundation Studies: Distinction, Wimbledon School of Art, London UK

1997-2002 A Levels: Ceramics, Art History & Graphic Design, Bryanston School, Dorset UK

 

Selected Exhibitions

2018    Collect, The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects with The Cynthia                        Corbett Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, London SW3 UK

            Art Wynwood with The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Miami Florida USA

            Paddle8 Contemporary Ceramics Auction, selected by Courtenay Moon, New York 

            Art Palm Beach with Steidel Contemporary, West Palm Beach Florida USA
2017    Art Miami with The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Miami Florida USA

            Vigorous Form curated by Courtenay Moon, Ebor St, London E1 UK

            Holiday House with FBC London, Hamilton Terrace, London NW8 UK

            Tresor Contemporary Craft with Puls Gallery, Basel Switzerland

            Cracked curated by Courtenay Moon, 50 Golborne Rd, London W10 UK

            Young Masters Prize with Cynthia Corbett, Gallery 8, London SW1Y, Royal Over-Seas              League, London SW1A & Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, London SW1Y UK

            Honorable Mention at Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, Korea

            Pour Me, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Devon 9AF UK

            Puls Contemporary Ceramics duo show with Michal Fargo, Puls Gallery, Brussels 

            Collect, The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects with FBC London,                      Saatchi Gallery, London SW3 UK

            Art Rooms, Melia White House, London NW1 UK
2016 to present, FBC London, SW1W UK

2016-17 Zetter Space with Paul Sayers paintings, London EC1 UK

2016-17 Craft Emergency, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth PO1 UK

            Bryanston Today, Mall Galleries, London SW1 UK

            Three pieces in 14th Oct sale of studio ceramics & design, Adam Partridge                              Auctioneers, Macclesfield Cheshire UK

            Bulwer Yard Open House with potter Robert Collingwood, Adams + Collingwood                  Architects, London W12 UK

            Emerging Potters Exhibition, Bils & Rye, Kirkbymoorside York UK

            Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again, Earls Court Project Rooms, London 

            Open Art Spaces: West London open studios, London W14 UK

            Organism: Chelsea Fringe, Espacio Gallery, London E2 UK

2015 to present, Pamono online design company, Berlin Germany

2015-16 Lost Utopia, Fitzrovia Gallery, London W1 UK

2015    British Ceramics Biennial: Fresh, Spode Factory, Stoke-on-Trent UK

            Rupert Cavendish Antiques, London SW5 UK

            Place & Proximity, Austin Forum, London W6 UK

            RCA Degree Show, London SW11 UK

            In Support of Eating, Sketch Restaurant, London W1S UK

            Chinese Finishing School with Preston Fitzgerald, London SW7 UK

2014-15 RCA Ceramic Art London Student Shows, London SW7 UK

            RCA Work-in-Progress Shows, London SW7 UK
2012-17 Jonathan Ross Christmas & Spring Shows, Gallery 286, London SW5 UK

2012    London Potters Annual Members Exhibition, Morley Gallery, London SE1 UK

            Five Decades of Harrow Ceramics, Contemporary Applied Arts, London W1 UK

            Gallery Number Nine, Birmingham UK
2011-12 Bicha Gallery Show, Oxo Tower, London SE1 UK

2011    Bryanston Art Now, The Gallery in Cork Street, London W1 UK

2010    Upstairs at The Rose, Rose Pub, London SW6 UK

            Cecilia Colman Gallery, London NW8 UK

2009-10 Bicha Gallery, Bristol, Brussels Belgium & London UK

2009    Newcastlegateshead Art Fair, Bicha Gallery, Newcastle UK

            Bicha Gallery, St Gabriel’s Wharf, London SE1 UK

2008    Bicha Winter Show, Wyndham Grand Hotel, London SW10 UK

            Bryanston – Past & Present, The Gallery in Cork Street, London W1 UK

2007    Islington Contemporary Art & Design Fair, Candid Arts, London N1 UK

2006-15 Old Gasworks Open Studios, London SW6 UK

2006-07 New Designers & One Year On, Business Design Centre, London N1 UK

2006    Kate Malone Open Studio, London N1 UK

            Art From Earth, Tower 42, London EC2 UK

            Les 4 Saisons – L’Automne, Beddington Fine Art, France

2005-06 Step Closer & Step Even Closer, Gallery West, Harrow HA1 UK
 

Awards

2017    Member of The Royal Society of Sculptors, London UK

            Shortlisted for the Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize, Cynthia Corbett                      Gallery, London UK & USA

2016    London Creative Network Professional Development Programme, Cockpit Arts,                      London UK

            Craft Emergency Award, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth UK
 

Biennales

2017 Honorable Mention at Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, Korea

2015 Fresh at British Ceramics Biennial, Spode Factory, Stoke-on-Trent UK

Public Collections
2017    KOCEF, Korea Ceramic Foundation, Korea
2006    Gresham Private Equity, London UK
2003    Abacus plc. UK
2000    Bryanston Association, Bryanston School, Dorset UK


Lectures

2018    Crafts Council Workshop, reaching your market, making the most of online                              presentation, marketing & social media, 9th Feb, London UK

2017    Meet the Maker with FBC London, coinciding with the London Design Festival, FBC              London look at the inspiration behind collaborations with leading artists &                              designers. The first in the series starts with FBC London founder Fiona Barratt-                        Campbell & award winning ceramicist Tessa Eastman, 21st Sept, FBC London UK

2017    Micro-organics Lecture, Rob Kesseler in conversation with ceramic artists Tessa                        Eastman & Ikuko Iwamoto, Ceramic Art London 31st March, Central Saint Martins,                  London UK
 

Residencies

2007-13 Artist in Residence, Richard Challoner School, New Malden Surrey UK
 

Publications

2017    ‘Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale’, Ceramic Foundation, Korea (p92-93)

2012    ‘Tradition & Innovation: Five Decades of Harrow Ceramics’, Forward by Alun Graves                & Edited by Tessa Peters. University of Westminster, London UK (p61)

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