Hannah combines ceramics and printmaking to create collections of sensitively realised vessel forms and subtly layered monoprints exploring the layered landscapes and sea-washed, weatherworn surfaces of the British coastline. Marks, lines and diffuse merging colours are built up, cut through and dissolved away referencing the endless remaking of the shore.    

Hannah's ceramics have rightly earned her much attention since Graduating with her Masters from De Monfort in 2015.  They reflect a joyful obsession Hannah has with the British coastline.  Remarkably observed, executed and technically stunning, the work physically manifests her delineation between land, sea and sky.  Her Hybrid thrown and cast vessels are true marker points in the development of British ceramic design, expect to see this young star rise to the very top of the British studio pottery circle.

Recent Awards:

2019: Short listed for AWARD: British Ceramic Biennial, where Hannah will be making a large installation pieces for the exhibition.  The winner will be announced this Autumn. 

2018: Newcomer Award at Ceramic Art London

2017: QEST Scholar Award, Royal Warrant Holders Association

2016: ‘New Designers One Year On Award’, New Designers, Islington.

2015: ‘FRESH’ winner, The British Ceramics Biennial.

2015: ‘Snug Gallery Showcase Award’, The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair. 

2015: ‘John Lewis Loves Commendation’, New Designers.

2015: ‘Student Award’, The Leicester Society of Artists.


Recent Bursaries and Memberships:

2016: ‘Professional Development Bursary’, The Artist Information Company.

2016: ‘David Canter Memorial Fund, Bursary for Printmakers’, Devon Guild of Craftsmen.

2016: ‘Hothouse Development Programme’, The Crafts Council.

2016: ‘Residency at International Ceramic Research Centre, Denmark’, The British Ceramic Biennial. 

2016: ‘Crucible Programme Bursary’, De Montfort University.

2016: ‘Professional Member’, Craft Potters Association

2016: ‘Membership of Design Nation’

2016: ‘Membership of The Design Trust’


Headline & Solo Shows:

2017: 'By shore and field' - The Stratford Gallery, Straford on Avon

2017 ‘Echoes from a Shoreline’ – National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford.

2017: ‘Au Bord de la Mer’ - Atelier de Ceramique, Carouges, Switzerland.

2016 ‘FRESH lines’ - Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Centre, Denmark.

2014: ‘Traversing the Line’- Trinity House, Leicester.

2012: ‘Shorelines’. Pedestrian Gallery, Leicester.


Selected Exhibitions:

2017: ‘Hannah Tounsend Ceramics and Print’ Showcase Exhibition – The Stratford Gallery, Stratford Upon Avon.

2016: ‘Hannah Tounsend Ceramics and Print’ Showcase Exhibition - Snug Gallery, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

2016: ‘Collective: A Maker’s Exhibition’ - Craft Central, London.

2016: ‘Meet the Best New Makers’ - The New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham.

2016: ‘The Northern Design Festival’ - The Assembly House, Newcastle upon Tyne.

2016: ‘Beneath The Surface’ - The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds.

2016: ‘One Year On at New Designers’ - Business Design Centre, Islington, London.

2016: ‘On Form’ - Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, East Sussex.

2016: ‘Newcomer’ - Art in Action, Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire.

2016: ‘Beneath The Surface’ - The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds.

2015: ‘FRESH’ - The British Ceramics Biennial. Original Spode Factory Site, Stoke-on-Trent.


Selected Press Articles:

2017: ‘Artisan Profile –Hannah Tounsend’ – Country Living, Modern Rustic, Issue 07, February ‘17.

2016: ‘Design Eye’, - Homes and Gardens, October ‘16

2016: ‘Wheels of fortune: made in ceramic’ - The Observer, The Magazine, 26th June ‘16.

2016: ‘Ones to Watch’ - Ceramic Review Magazine, Issue 278, March/April ‘16.

2015: ‘Why Does Everyone Suddenly Love Ceramics’ - www.telegraph.co.uk, 12th November ‘15.  

2015: ‘The Tomorrow People’ - Crafts Magazine, Issue 256, September/October ‘15.

2015: ‘The Ceramic Renaissance’ - The Daily Telegraph, Interiors Section, 26th September ‘15.



2011-2015: De Montfort University. MA Fine Art by Independent Study – ‘An Exploration of the Ceramic Surface’. Distinction.

2003-2006: De Montfort University. BA Hons Ceramics and Glass. 1st Class Degree.



2008- Present: Set up own studio and ceramics business.

2016: De Montfort University, Nottingham Trent University. Visiting lecturer.

2009-2016: De Montfort University. Technical Instructor of Ceramics – part time.

2012–2013: Crafts Council. Artist-maker leading ‘Firing Up’ programme at three Leicestershire secondary schools.

2006-2008: Next Ltd. Homeware Designer specialising in ceramics and glass.