Craft Emergency 2016: Winners Announcement

Ceramicist Tessa Eastman has been selected as the winner of 'Craft Emergency 2016'.

'Craft Emergency' is a biennial open submission group exhibition featuring the work of designer/makers from across the globe.

In early 2016 the gallery launched an open-call in association with Making Space, Havant.

Eleven makers were selected for inclusion in the show: Ben Branagan, Carol Hunt, Hannah Robson, Helen Snell, Jacky Puzey, Jessie White, Kate Haywood, Peter-Ashley Jackson, Sarah Brown, Sue Paraskeva and Tessa Eastman.

From this shortlist, Eastman was announced as the winner at the exhibition’s preview on Thursday 24 November.

Eastman said:“I am overjoyed to have been selected as the Craft Emergency finalist. The building is perfect for providing a platform for contemporary craft as it combines a fresh atmosphere within a captivating historical site. 

I look forward to working energetically towards the prize with the intention to present my most accomplished work to date. I encourage all makers and enthusiasts to visit 'Craft Emergency 2016' to admire the diverse work of the eleven shortlisted makers who demonstrate that creative process with materiality in mind is alive and pertinent today.”

The maker’s ceramic “microscopic organisms” explore the contrast between symmetry and disorder.

Eastman completed an undergraduate qualification in Ceramics from the University of Westminster in 2006. She subsequently undertook a Masters in Ceramics & Glass from the Royal College of Art (2015).

Director of Aspex, Joanne Bushnell said: “Since it’s creation, 'Craft Emergency' has aimed to expose the public to contemporary craft. Tessa’s work is incredibly fun and engaging, and we cannot wait to collaborate with her for the major commission in 2018.”

'Craft Emergency 2016' runs from 25 November 2016 – 22 January 2017.