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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.


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 […]

The Creative Dimension

27 May 2016

The Creative Dimension has well and truly launched this year with five summer workshops for teenagers 14-18yrs, with an eye on learning hands-on creative skills. Taught by professional artists and craftsman, the courses will offer the chance to experience the mediums of gilding, marquetry, mural painting, stone working and woodwork. At art college my vision […]

Award for Friese Greene House ‘Development in Hove scoops CIH Award’

31 March 2016

We were elated to hear this month that the scheme we worked on in Hove, Friese Greene House, has been awarded Development Of The Year at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s South East Awards. It was a pleasure to produce art that faces into the community as part of Affinity Sutton’s forward thinking scheme, alongside […]

“A la recherché de la lumiere du monde: Auf der Suche nach dem Licht der Welt: In Search of the Light of the World”

1 February 2016

The Centre International du Vitrail in Chartres France will open its doors to the ‘International Panorama of Contemporary Glass-Art’ on 23rd April 2016. On show there will be 300 art glass contributions from around the world. The exhibition is in collaboration with Glasmalerei Peters of Paderborn, Germany. I contributed my design to this prestigious collection […]

Monochromatic Melodies

28 January 2016

So often glass art is forming an important link between old and new; modern and ancient architecture, old and new ideas, contemporary and traditional decoration. My latest project is a link between all of these. The suspended artwork for St Michael’s Church, set within the idyllic surrey village of Betchworth, will complete the newly re-ordered […]

If Turner had had a spraygun – he would have used it!

22 November 2015

A surge in the use of the word ‘craft’ has caused creatives to look hard at the core ‘hands-on’ aspects of their trades.   The term has overtones of looking backwards, espousing heritage techniques as hallowed foundations to our craft.  But not necessarily! Crossing technical boundaries has long been important to me because the locations of […]

In the Thick of It

My work throughout the last decade has centred on scaling-up the art I create in my chosen medium of glass and allied materials.  I have always treasured the benefits of being a designer and maker, and it has been a challenge to remain hands-on when the physical size of commissions increase. Since 2009 I’ve been […]

Recent posts

Sussex Heritage Trust – Awards for Friese Greene House, Hove
The Stevens Competition : The Worshipful Company of Glaziers.
The Creative Dimension
Award for Friese Greene House ‘Development in Hove scoops CIH Award’