Mel Howse is a designer and maker of public art commissions, and primarily in the mediums of glass and metal. Mel’s portfolio embraces art that is integral to exterior and interior architecture, and to the sense of place. Her design style is progressive, innovative, and intentionally utilises contemporary industrial techniques.
She has undertaken a huge range of commissions, notably: the 500sqm art glass façade for retailer J. Sainsbury’s; the Huddleston Memorial Window dedicated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu; and public art for an award-winning development designed by Conran and Partners. Recently she was commissioned to design and create a new window for Durham Cathedral, which will eventually be seen by 700,000 visitors a year.
Mel graduated from Swansea institute in 1992 with three awards. She is a Queen Elizabeth Scholar and became the first winner of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust’s ‘Award for Excellence’ in 2013. In July 2014 she spoke about her innovative work in glass, steel and industrial enamels to The American Glass Guild in Philadephia USA. Also in 2014 she lectured for the Guild of Enamellers in the UK.