Ken Eastman studied at Edinburgh College of Art (1979-83) and at the Royal College of Art, London (1984-87). He exhibits widely and has won numerous awards in the field of the ceramic arts, including the ‘Premio Faenza’, Italy in 1995, the ‘Gold Medal’ at the 1st World Ceramic Biennale, 2001, Korea and ‘Bronze Medal’ at the 5th World Ceramic Biennale, 2009, Korea, the ‘Primer Premio’ at the 8th Internacional Biennal de Ceramica de Marratxi, Majorca, Spain in 2016 and the Primer Premio at the 8th Internacional Bienal de Ceramica, Talavera de la Reina, Spain in 2017.
Eastman’s work centres around the idea of the vessel. He uses the vessel as a subject- to give meaning and form to an expression. Working through the medium of ceramics, Eastman can be both builder and painter; can handle shape and structure, as well as exploring tone and colour.
Eastman’s work is held in leading international public collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan; The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA; The Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Landesmuseum, Stuttgart; The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK; Museu de Ceramica de Manises, Valencia, Spain and the Musee des Arts Decoratifs de Montreal, Canada.