Tessa Peters

Senior Lecturer

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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), and the Anthony Shaw Collection at York Art Gallery (2016-17).

Some of Tessa’s recent publications include: 

‘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) 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 Peters is a senior lecturer in the history and theory of art and design on undergraduate modules in BA Fine Art Mixed Media and BA Illustration & Visual Communication, Westminster School of Media, Arts & Design and is a supervisor on the graduate programme. 

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).



Humanism, Existentialism and Art (2018)
Peters, T. 2018. Humanism, Existentialism and Art. in: Humanism - Poem of Earth for Human Clayarch Gimhae Museum, South Korea


Ceramic Art in Social Contexts (2016)
Peters, T. 2016. Ceramic Art in Social Contexts. in: Brown, C., Stair, J. and Twomey, C. (ed.) Contemporary Clay & Museum Culture London and New York Routledge. pp. 97-104


The history and development of the Ceramic Research Centre-UK (2018)
Peters, T. 2018. The history and development of the Ceramic Research Centre-UK. Humanism - Poem of Earth for Human symposium. Clayarch Gimhae Museum 05 Apr 2018


Participatory Art: Ceramic and social praxis (2017)
Peters, T. 2017. Participatory Art: Ceramic and social praxis. Clay Matters: Thinking and exhibiting matter in recent art. Hasselt, Belgium 17 to end of 18 Nov 2017


Narrative Strategies, Christie Brown (2017)
Peters, T. 2017. Narrative Strategies, Christie Brown. New Ceramics: the European Ceramics Magazine. 1
, pp. 8-13.


Book review: Seeing Things: Collected Writing on Art, Craft and Design, Alison Britton (2015)
Peters, T. 2015. Book review: Seeing Things: Collected Writing on Art, Craft and Design, Alison Britton. Journal of Modern Craft. 8 (1), pp. 101-103.


Guest curator of Anthony Shaw Collection (2016)
Peters, T. 2016. Guest curator of Anthony Shaw Collection. York Art Gallery


Laura Potter: Fictional Final Goal (2015)
Peters, T. 2015. Laura Potter: Fictional Final Goal. Marsden Woo Gallery, 23 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3PB


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