Tamsin van Essen is a British ceramicist, based between New Delhi and London. Her work is primarily concept driven, exploring notions of beauty and impermanence through examining scientific, medical and social historic themes. She is interested in aesthetic ambiguity, particularly the fragile boundary between attraction and repulsion, and how these seemingly contradictory sensations can exist simultaneously. Material experimentation is a strong characteristic of her work, probing the technical qualities of ceramics and the limits of its behaviour.
She has exhibited extensively throughout the world, including at Sotheby’s, the Saatchi Gallery, 10 Downing Street, Palais des Beaux-Arts Bruxelles, the Nobel Museum and other prestigious international locations. Her work features in the permanent collections of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain in Paris, the Wellcome Collection and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum in London.