Eastman, Ken

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Kenneth C. Eastman is born in Watford in 1960. Eastman studied Ceramics at Edinburgh College of Art from 1979 to 1983 and at the Royal College of Art in London, from 1984 to 1987. While in Edinburgh, Eastman worked mainly in Raku. After arriving at the Royal College of Art in London he experimented in various ways of working with ceramic form, including sculpture, before confining himself to painting on rectangle ceramic platter shapes in a style very much in the spirit of Gillian Ayres, an artist whose work he greatly admired at the time. For many years his making has centered around a slab building technique using painted ceramic colours and oxides. Alongside his studio work, Eastman also works as an Academic Researcher within the Design School of the Glasgow School of Art. "Ken Eastman is a maker of sculpture that evolves and works on its own terms, but is also a more concentrated – for now – response to the shape of things, to the world seen and felt". He exhibits internationally and has won various awards in the field of ceramic arts, including the ‘Premio Faenza’, Italy in 1995, the ‘Gold Medal’ at the World Ceramic Exposition 2001 Korea and the ‘President De la Generalitat Valencia’ at the 5th Biennale International de Ceramica, Manises, Spain. In 1998 he was awarded the Arts Foundation Fellowship in Ceramics. He was elected as a member of the International Academy of Ceramics in 2003 (text: Wikipedia).

Pictures: Portrait close-up; Portrait (source Wikipedia); Sculptural Vessel 1989, h. 42cm (source MAAK Auction); Whisky Before Breakfast 2012, h. 46cm (source Marsden Woo Gallery); exhibition Centre Give it Time, 2012 (photographer Philip Sayer - Marsden Woo Gallery).

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Eastman is best known for his austere, flat bottomed, slab built ceramic vessels. He has said of his own work "Part of the reason for making (in fact a very large part of the reason) is to see things that I have never seen before - to build something that I can not fully understand or explain."


• Thormann, Olaf, Gefäss / Skulptur - Vessel / Sculpture; Keramik / Ceramics seit / since 1946 Grassi Museum für Angewandte Kunst Leipzig, 2013.