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  • MIDDLE AH34 4 Ashley Howard porcelain lustre vessel 13.5x9cm.
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Ashley Howard

Ashley Howard is a potter and part-time Lecturer in ceramics at the University for the Creative Arts at Farnham. He studied for his Masters degree at the Royal College of Art. He is a PhD supervisor and has published a number of articles on technical and aesthetic issues. He has exhibited, demonstrated and lectured all over the world, spending considerable time in Japan. He is Fellow of the Craft Potters Association and member of Contemporary Applied Arts. His achievements on the national and international stages have recently culminated in him becoming member of the International Academy for Ceramics http://www.aic-iac.org/ based in Switzerland.

Ashley produces porcelain and stoneware vessels informed by a dialogue between Far-Eastern and homespun pottery and traditions. He draws upon his interest in ritual vessels, the spaces they occupy and the ceremonies that surround them. Notions of reverence and transience are also explored. Almost all work is thrown on the wheel although at times it might be subject to varying degrees of manipulation and altering. Specific surface techniques have been developed to draw, brush and print with glaze and enamels.

In 2004/5 he collaborated with friend and fellow RCA alumni Martin Lungley for the international touring exhibition Full Circle. The exhibition was designed to showcase the possibilities of wheel-thrown ceramics, and its catalogue included contributions by Alison Britton and Emmanuel Cooper.

In 2009 Ashley embarked on the ambitious Ritual and Setting. This was an exhibition of work made for and inspired by Winchester cathedral. It was Wincjester’s forst ceramics project. The supporting catalogue includes articles by Professor Simon Olding, Professor Magdalene Odundo OBE and Amanda Fielding.

Ashley’s latest project has been a collaboration with Japanese Potter, Risa Ohgi. The exhibition, Shima Kara Shima E (From Island to Island) opened at the Leach Gallery in St Ives, Cornwall. It went on to be shown at the Foyer Gallery at University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

Ashley has recently coordinated a collaborative exhibition between staff at UCA and Tokyo University for Fine Arts, Material Symphysis. He is also working towards another cathedral exhibition in 2016 at Guildford called Meditations.

I was introduced to Ashley Howard in 2006, at the ISCAEE symposium at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He demonstrated his vigorous throwing techniques on the wheel. His performance of power impressed us all. The throwing was rhythmic and the work delicate and melodious in form. He much impressed the 180 students from all parts of the world, with fresh astonishment and intense inspirations.

Professor Fumio Shimada, Tokyo University of the Arts

The work of Ashley Howard remains extraordinarily fresh. He is an assured but rigorous explorer and celebrant of the past, clearly indebted to a variety of ceramics traditions, but he has been able to absorb these ideas into a very modern, resourceful and uncommonly free language of his own.

David Whiting, writer and critic.

2003 MA, Ceramics and glass.  Royal College of Art
1993 Fully qualified teaching status granted by DES
1987 HND, Ceramics, University of Creative Arts, Rochester
2006 Date Senor Lecturer: BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design & Comtemporary Craft Practice.

Solo Exhibitions include:
2011 The Japanese Embassy, London November 2009 Ritual and Setting, Winchester Cathedral
2008 Showcase, Comtemporary Ceramics, London
2000 One Two Five Gallery, Bath
1999 Lynn Strover Gallery, Cambridge
1998 Galerie van Meensel, Belgium
1996 Nijmegen Museum, Netherlands

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