Mel Howse

2008 QEST Scholar - Vitreous Art
West Sussex

Mel is an award-winning glass artist, and has undertaken some major pieces of installed public art. An entrepreneurial designer-maker, her work is progressive and innovative.

Her portfolio is unique, built with pieces that are functional, have meaning and a sense of purpose. These include: 500sqm enamelled façade for J Sainsbury’s in Central Milton Keynes; the Huddleston memorial window at Lancing College Chapel, public art for developer Clarion with architects Conran and Partners; and, The Illumination Window at Durham Cathedral.

Mel’s work often manipulates industrial processes and materials whilst expanding on traditional techniques. She has won numerous heritage awards for her art in buildings.

Mel undertook a self-generated QEST Scholarship in 2008 where she transposed her ideas about with working with fired glass to steel using industrial enamels. In 2013 she was awarded the first QEST Award for Excellence.

To invent and re-invent, despite scale, is what my work is about; to transform the way you see it and the way it is made. My work represents the progression of tradition and also the expansion of industrial techniques into art.