Tamsin van Essen is a British designer based in London. A graduate of the Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins, she specialises in conceptual design and has recently been using the medium of ceramics to explore scientific, medical and social historic themes. Material experimentation is a strong characteristic of her work, probing how the material qualities of ceramics can be altered through unusual additions, and creative intervention into standard industrial and craft production processes. Her work sits at the interface between art and design, with one-off collectables and conversation pieces.

Work Samples

  • Vanitas Vanitatum

  • Ornamental Metamorphosis

  • Erosion series

Work & Education History

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Awards: 2014: Crafts Council Parallel Practices Residency 2013: JCVA Residency Award, Tel Aviv + Jerusalem 2013: Craft Pottery Charitable Trust Award 2013: Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Nomination 2012: David Canter Memorial Award 2007: Wellcome Trust Design for Science Prize (second prize) 2006: Chartered Society of Designers Student Design Award 2006: William Atkinson Scholarship, Central Saint Martins ...
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