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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.


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 […]

New Cathedral Window for 2018: Durham Cathedral

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 […]

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 […]

Recent posts

Paul Nash (1889 – 1946) Tate Britain
New year, New build.
Looking at 2016
New Cathedral Window for 2018: Durham Cathedral
Sussex Heritage Trust – Awards for Friese Greene House, Hove