Tessa Silva-Dawson is a process-lead designer-maker based in London that creates decorative items with special characteristics.
She is graduated from the MA Design Products course at the Royal College of Art. Her ongoing graduating project, Protein, involves material development promoting the consumption of more sustainable products.
Her work revolves around process, material, and conceptual development: Her handblown glass collection KANPAI exemplifies this process-focused practice.
The KANPAI pieces are both object and instruments. Hand blown, their glass forms are bulbous interpretations of traditional drinking vessels, designed to explore the sound of ritual toasts. When used to ‘cheers’, the sound that the glasses make on connection is determined by their size and shape. In KANPAI, Silva-Dawson has designed forms that accentuate the ringing tones of toasting; behaving as musical sound objects and practical vessels for water or wine.