Statements about the Artist
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 ceramic traditions,
but he has been able to absorb these ideas into a very modern,
resourceful and uncommonly free language of his own.
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
Ashley Howard is steadily consolidating a reputation as a
potter of integrity and a contagious theatrical physicality.
A dedicated educationalist, he is currently specialist lecturer
in ceramics at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.
He has exhibited widely and contributed energetically to the
contemporary ceramics landscape. His appreciation of craftsmanship,
yet continual willingness to explore the potential of material,
process and control, (often fluid in approach), is an asset
to the current pantheon of ceramic practice in the UK.
EXHIBITION by Ashley Howard
5th April - 18th May 2018
View exhibition catalogue HERE