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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.


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 […]

A Vibrant Installation – Otford Methodist Church, Kent

21 September 2017

A major contemporary scheme has been installed in two phases at Otford Methodist Church in Kent. This has involved designing glasswork for both the interior and exterior of the newbuild architecture. Firstly, an elevated and suspended glass cross was given centre stage upon a generous curved dais. The cross forms a focal point to worship […]

Durham Cathedral Update – Taking Templates

7 August 2017

Work is ongoing for my commission for Durham Cathedral. I was there last month with John Mahoney, taking templates for the new stained glass window I am making. Being close up to the North Quire Aisle window gave me an even fuller sense of the size and shape of this window; its position within the […]

Art Glass Facade for Birdham.

25 July 2017

This Summer has been packed with making artwork, getting new projects moving forward and installing designs now made real. Some of these commissions have been in the planning for a number of years, and so I am elated that construction works at St James Church in Birdham, Sussex have started on site, with a brave […]

The Lord Mayor of London: Stained Glass Coat of Arms Unveiled

6 June 2017

I was delighted to be asked by The Worshipful Company of Painter Stainers, to create in stained glass the coat of arms of the Lord Mayor of London Andrew Parmley. The stained glass panel features the motto ‘Deus Tibi Parmula Fortis’ which maybe translated as ‘God is a strong shield to you’. The scallop shell […]

New Work in Enamelled Steel for St Cuthbert’s, Portsmouth.

In March 2017 I spent a concentrated and inventive time working on a new commission for an enamelled steel reredos at St Cuthbert’s Church in Copnor, Portsmouth. This is my second commission from St Cuthbert’s, and the reredos was commissioned to match our ‘Vortex’ font completed in 2013.  The visual combination of the decorative backdrop, […]

Paul Nash (1889 – 1946) Tate Britain

28 February 2017

We are nearing the end of a quite magnificent exhibition at Tate Britain. I have been influenced by the painter Paul Nash since a teenager when I discovered a family link to him, so the chance to experience this extensive collection of his life’s work was a delight. The exhibition sets out a complete artistic […]

Recent posts

Durham Cathedral Reveals the Name of its New Stained Glass Window
The Cartoon
Baptism Vessel for Christ Church Kensington
Birdham, St James Update
A Vibrant Installation – Otford Methodist Church, Kent