MEL HOWSE

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MEL HOWSE

VITREOUS ARTIST



With over 20 years of professional experience, Mel has undertaken a huge range of glass commissions including most notably the 500sqm glass art facade for Sainsbury's CMK, the carved glass doors at St Nicholas' Church Arundel (which gained a Sussex Heritage Award), The Art Bath in cast iron and fired enamel, and a touring sculpture in spun steel and industrial vitreous enamel for Christian Aid.

Mel's portfolio embraces art that is integral to architecture, exterior, interior, and the sense of place. Many of Mel's pieces are site specific, animating and informing the identity of their surroundings, functional, and often facing into and engaging with the community. Most of her work is permanently installed.

In 2008 she became a Queen Elizabeth Scholar for her work with industrial vitreous enamels. Her pieces using steel such as large vessels and columns can be sculptural and architectural. Visual abstract surface texture is often key to her designs.

In recent years Mel has been able to bring all work back to Britain. Her design style is progressive, innovative, and intentionally utilizes contemporary industrial techniques. This generates creative progress for today's visual and architectural needs, even when seeking synergy with ancient building fabric. This has also created an unusually diverse portfolio.


TOM NICHOLLS

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TOM NICHOLLS

SCULPTOR & STONE CARVER



Tom has been producing sculptural work to the highest standard for over a decade. He has won the prestigious “Carver of the Year” awards from both the Master Carvers’ Association and the Worshipful Company of Masons. As well as being a highly respected craftsmen Tom is also known for his ability to design and create sculptures that are uniquely his own whilst remaining true to his clients’ vision. Creating work to suit any site or context, Tom has completed high profile architectural and ornamental sculpture commissions.

In 2012 Tom was awarded the opportunity to be a key part of the core team of seven sculptors who worked on producing the Heraldic Ornamentation for H.M. The Queen's Diamond Jubilee barge project. Modelled in clay, the monumental sculptures were then cast in resin and gilded. Other notable projects have included carving six large brick architectural relief sculptures on a mansion block near Sloane Square in London, carving a bespoke sculpture to his own design at St Georges Chapel, Windsor and also winning the Ripon Cathedral Gargoyle competition in 2015.

Tom also shows his design and sculptural work at major galleries and exhibitions in London including Thompson’s Gallery of Marylebone, The Mall Galleries in Westminster and the Coronation Festival in Buckingham Palace.

A keen artist, Tom always aims to expand upon his traditional skill-base to create highly expressionistic and energetic work for both speculative and commissioned pieces. His main concern as an artist is to convey a sense of life and movement.