Ms Tessa Peters

Ms Tessa Peters

Tessa Peters studied Fine Art at Winchester School of Art and has an MA in the History of Design from Middlesex University.

She works as an independent curator in the public and private sector having produced exhibitions for Contemporary Applied Arts (1990 – 94, 2012), the Barbican Centre (1996 – 99), the Bowes Museum (2002), Pitzhanger Manor (2002), Dr Johnson’s House (2009), the Crafts Study Centre (2011), Marsden Woo Gallery (2010 – 15), the Anthony Shaw Collection at York Art Gallery (2016-17), and the British Ceramics Biennial (with exhibitions at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, and Hove Museum & Art Gallery, 2019 - 20).

Tessa’s recent publications include: 

Pung-Mi e-book (Co-editor) (2023). Downloadable from: Author of ‘From Shore to Dinner Table: Finding & Eating seaweed in Ireland & the British Isles,’ pp. 44-49. 

'Reframing the Past' (catalogue essay), in Meekyoung Shin: Time/Material: Performing Museology, (Coreana Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea, 2023), pp. 202 – 205.

'Challenging the Rules of the Game' (catalogue essay), in Regina Heinz & Mimi Joung: Rule Breaking: Reflecting Pasts - Imagining Futures, (Stadtmuseum Siegburg, Germany, 2023), pp. 6-13.

Associate Curator (UK) of Look Who’s Talking (2022), an online presentation of recent socially engaged art projects in Denmark, Germany, Indonesia, Philippines, S. Korea and the UK. Author of website texts: ‘Ceramics Research Centre-UK: Pass It On!’; ‘Clayground Collective: Animate Your City + River Thames Foreshore Walks (Roman & Delftware History)’; Leap Then Look: Learning to be an Artist’; ‘The Portland Inn Project: 100 Year Plan + Portland Thinkbelt.’ Project Curator: Sunyoung Oh (Korea): 

'Valuable Space' (Profile of artist Nicole Polonsky), in Printmaking Today, Vol 30, Winter 2021, pp. 10-13.

‘Tacit Knowledge & Creative Possibility’ (catalogue essay), in Bak-Go-Ji-Geum: Southbound “Buncheong” (Project 7 ½, Korea / ITB, Bandung, Indonesia, 2020).

‘The Ceramics Reader, Andrew Livingstone & Kevin Petrie (eds)’ (Book review), in Journal of Modern Craft, 12 (2), 2019, pp. 197-199.

‘Humanism, Existentialism & Art’ (catalogue essay), in Humanism (Clayarch Gimhae Museum, South Korea, 2018), pp. 170-179.

‘Ceramic Art in Social Contexts,’ in Contemporary Clay and Museum Culture, ed. C. Brown, J. Stair and C. Twomey (London: Routledge, 2016) 

‘Seeing Things Collected Writing on Art, Craft & Design, Alison Britton’ (Book review), in Journal of Modern Craft 8:1 (2015)

Tradition and Innovation: Five Decades of Harrow Ceramics, ed. Tessa Peters (London: University of Westminster, 2012) 

‘Brazil, the Cultural Contemporary’ (Conference review) Craft Research 2:1 (2011)

Memoranda, eds. Tessa Peters & Janice West (London & Farnham: Luminous Books/Crafts Study Centre, 2011)

Tessa's research interests include the study of participatory art projects and points of crossover between different art and design fields.

She is a member of CREAM and the Ceramics Research Centre (CRC).


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