Tamsin van Essen is an award-winning artist whose creative practice explores the conceptual possibilities of ceramics, using material and form to convey abstract themes and communicate ideas.
A graduate of Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art, Tamsin previously worked in theoretical physics, with a degree in Physics and Philosophy from Oxford University. Her work considers beauty and impermanence, through research into scientific, medical and social historic themes. She is interested in aesthetic ambiguity, using material experimentation to probe the technical properties of ceramics and the limits of its behaviour. She often works on cross-disciplinary projects, exploring the boundaries of what can be achieved through ceramics.
Tamsin has exhibited extensively throughout the world, including at the Sévres Museum Paris, Saatchi Gallery, Brighton Museum, Palais des Beaux-Arts Bruxelles and other prestigious international locations. Her work in the permanent collections of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Fonds National d'Art Contemporain in Paris, the Israel Museum Jerusalem, the Wellcome Collection and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum in London.