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Since the mid-90s Mel Howse's contemporary art installations have become a transformative and visually interactive part of many architectural spaces. The works are individual and forward-thinking, they integrate contemporary design with new-build and ancient architectures and necessarily cross the boundaries of artistic opportunity.

Working productively in a project team, liaising closely with client, architect and contractors to integrate the art fully with the fabric, and a continued exploration of industrial processes, resilience and performance has made her work progressive, highly creative and desirable, and eminently deliverable.


A Celebration of British Craftsmanship – New Book by Julian Calder & Karen Bennett

11 November 2018

I was really chuffed earlier this year to welcome photographer Julian Calder to the factory. It was one of those very hot days we had over the summer – and it was lovely to take a break from making to celebrate my art with him. The colourful portraits he took that day were taken within […]

Unveiling Dr John Radcliffe in Oxford

22 October 2018

On Tuesday 25th September a splendid bronze sculpture of the eminent Dr John Radcliffe was unveiled. The larger-than-life size sculpture was created by artist Martin Jennings, to mark the tercentenary of Radcliffe’s death. It was commissioned by The Ashmolean Museum with finance from the Radcliffe Trustees. Located prominently outside the Radcliffe Observatory at Oxford’s Green […]

Church and Heritage Building Magazine – An Industrious Decade

26 September 2018

It was great to recieve Church and Building Heritage magazine this month. In September’s edition Michael Winterbottom publishes an interview with me about my work over the last decade. You can see the article here: MEL HOWSE Church and Heritage Building Magazine 2018 Michael looks at some case studies of recent projects including: Public […]

Exhibitions – Pallant House Gallery. The British Society of Master Glass Painters.

5 September 2018

In general people will assume that if you are an artist you therefore exhibit your art in galleries. For those of us who design and make installed architectural artwork this is not necessarily the case. The fact that one’s work is in the public domain usually forms the biggest gift to the widest audience and […]

The Radcliffe Trust

22 July 2018

I am pleased to be able to write that this year I became a trustee of The Radcliffe Trust. John Radcliffe was descibed by his obiturist in 1714 as “the most eminent physician this England has ever produced”. The Radcliffe Trust was created as one of the very first discretionary grant-making charities, and has now […]

Peter Collins and Hourglass

On Friday 20th July 2018, family and friends of the Peter Collins (1951 – 2018) gathered in affection and admiration. His funeral was attended by his family, loyal workforce, architects, designers, and artists, some of whom had known him for many years. Peter was the free-spirited founder of a unique glass processing business – Hourglass. […]

Durham Cathedral Reveals the Name of its New Stained Glass Window

8 February 2018

See photographer Jim Stephenson’s opening film on my website, as we start making a record of this exciting project.

The Cartoon

7 February 2018

In stained glass tradition the working drawing that an artist uses to create the final glasswork is called a cartoon. This cartoon is a full scale-drawing or artwork, in colour or black and white. It conveys the essence of the glass work to come; its size and the shape of the glass pieces, and details […]

Baptism Vessel for Christ Church Kensington

18 December 2017

In December I spent a joyful session enamelling on steel. Among the pieces I created was a baptism vessel to grace a new font designed by architect Charles Sheppard. We look forward to seeing the ‘jewel-like’ hand enamelled vessel in place.    

Birdham, St James Update

6 October 2017

The facade commission for St james at Birdham has been taking shape, and so is the structure of the building itself. The two will come together next year. The progressive glass work will span two floors. The working drawings or cartoons for my installations can often be as invigorating as the glasswork it generates. Although […]

Recent posts

A Celebration of British Craftsmanship – New Book by Julian Calder & Karen Bennett
Unveiling Dr John Radcliffe in Oxford
Church and Heritage Building Magazine – An Industrious Decade
Exhibitions – Pallant House Gallery. The British Society of Master Glass Painters.
The Radcliffe Trust