Rome, GA

Grace Tessein has a BFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University and a MFA in studio art from Louisiana State University. Currently she is the 2021 Salad Days Artist in Residence at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. Previously she was the 2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence at Elon University and has taught for Georgia Highlands College. She has worked for the Clay Studio of Philadelphia, the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, and assisted various artists in their studios. She was a recipient of the 2017 Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award from Northern Clay Center, the 2017 Joe Bova Ceramic Art Award, and 2017 Michael Daugherty Memorial Fund at LSU. She currently resides in Northwest Georgia with her partner, Dennis Ritter, their two dogs named Sugar Jaws and Etta, and a porch cat named Sunny.

Images of Work


Handbuilding and wheel thrown pottery using red clay with sgraffito in leather hard slip and speedball underglaze, handbuilt ceramic and mixed media sculpture

Upcoming Workshops/Events

Group ceramic sculpture exhibition titled Gather at NCECA 2022 in Sacramento

Solo exhibition for Sugar Jaws Pottery at In Tandem Gallery in Bakersville, NC