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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.


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 […]

New year, New build.

15 January 2017

2017 is getting off to a fresh and exciting start as I work on a facade installation for Otford Methodist Church in Kent. The state of the art new church has been designed by Clague Architects, and includes an enamelled south facing window. The design will be uplifting, forward thinking, and facing into the community.

Looking at 2016

2016 was quite a year for my portfolio, both in terms of work that was made, and designs created for the future. It was wonderful to see a number of commissions we had been planning over the last few years come to fruition, becoming the projection of the glasswork they were meant to be. Encouragement […]

Durham Cathedral: New Cathedral Window for 2018

23 November 2016

I am pleased to announce that I have been commissioned by Durham Cathedral to design and make a new window for Durham Cathedral. Spiritually the Cathedral is one of Britain’s most important buildings, and this UNESCO World Heritage site is architecturally considered to be one of our most important buildings, with 700,000 visitors a year. […]

Sussex Heritage Trust – Awards for Friese Greene House, Hove

10 July 2016

We are delighted that Friese Greene House was presented with two awards this week from the Sussex Heritage Trust. At the 2016 Awards ceremony on Thursday 7th July, Conran and Partners received the Large Scale Residential Award for their architectural design which enhances the character of Portland Road in Hove. Our glass installation, ‘Successions of […]

The Stevens Competition : The Worshipful Company of Glaziers.

28 June 2016

Earlier this June I saw the prize giving ceremony for the 2016 Stevens Competition run by The Worshipful Company of Glaziers. The competition has been running for over thirty years and is an important marker for those studying stained glass, and in early practice. It was a privilege to re-visit the competition as a judge […]


30 May 2016

The last seven years have been a unique creative opportunity for me as a designer and maker. I have had the opportunity to develop my work, and interpretation of my designs alongside Peter Collins and the team at Hourglass Uk. Adding to years of working alone in my own British glass studio, then treading the […]

Recent posts

Art Glass Facade for Birdham.
The Lord Mayor of London: Stained Glass Coat of Arms Unveiled
New Work in Enamelled Steel for St Cuthbert’s, Portsmouth.
Paul Nash (1889 – 1946) Tate Britain
New year, New build.