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.