Adele Howitt is an artist who works primarily with clay and is known for creating art within the public realm.
“I am fascinated by the natural world, geology, history and science. The relevance of pattern and form found in landscape are concepts that I investigate, including microscopic landscapes within pathology and pollen grains. These ideas manifest as ceramic sculpture, and tiles. Made in clay and fired to stoneware temperatures, the work is constructed intricately. I begin with press moulding and coil building, apply repeated templates of clay, and use traditional pottery flower making.”
Currently, Adele is lead artist for the ‘Heritage on the High Street’ project - set up to innovate the world famous Hornsea Pottery into the high street setting. The trail will manifest in permanent installations around the town of Hornsea, creating artwork in ceramic, brick, terrazzo, and metal. The Heritage on the High Street project is being led by a Steering Group of Hornsea & Area Renaissance Partnership members (HARP), ERYC Members, Town Councillors, Civic Society and Hornsea Museum Members.
Graduating from Chelsea School of Art in 1993, Adele joined with other ceramicists, and calling themselves ‘Edge’ we put on an exhibition in Cork Street London. A more unlikely teamwork was to follow in her partnership with international Hull based company Ideal Standard (Armitage Shanks), innovating the potential of their firing and slip casting processes in a forensic project based upon DNA patterns and fingerprinting. The collaboration produced an intriguing set of interactive works for Craven Park in Hull. An MA with Distinction in public art at the University of Central England ensued. Scientific themes persisted in further collaborations. Relationships between nature and well-being were designed as permanent integral art at Castle Hill Queen’s Centre NHS Project East Yorkshire (winner of 5 RIBA awards), where the outside creeps into the hospital environment putting people at ease alleviating the sterile environment of a hospital. Working with Beam, a public art agency based Wakefield, Adele created large scale works for a minor surgeries unit in Barnsley, taking inspiration from their medieval environment of rowan forests and glades.
These interpretations of identity underpin collaborations with artists that have lead to new proposals for final public artworks within the community. Including the 2014 project Unpacking a Potted History (DARTS Right Up Our Street, ACE Funded Creative People & Places, Doncaster), which culminated in a psycho-geographic installation of printed plate shards and poetry interventions around Mexborough, South Yorkshire. Other collaborative working has enabled a new development of research into landscape and history, for example; ecology messages are underpinned in the creation of temporary installations where real planting takes an effective role.
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Firing at 1280deg. C. and upwards, but occasionally low fire glazes developed to suit specific environments.
1988 - Jacob Kramer College of Art, Leeds - Certificate of Foundation Art Studies.
1993 - Chelsea School of Art, London - BA(Hons)
1995 - Guildhall University - Diploma in Ceramics
2006 - 'The Art of Clay' Steninge Slott Kultural Center, Stockholm Sweden
Recently awarded a MA Distinction (Visual Arts: Critical and Contextual Practices) at the UCE Birmingham.
2010 - Adele set up the first print and ceramics workshop (initially ACE funded) and gallery in Hull called Studio Eleven based in the historic fruit market, situated in the new cultural quarter. The studio featured heavily in the Hull 2017 cultural bid, where we offered two large city - wide cultural projects to enhance and celebrate the history and public space of Hull.
Adele has exhibited across Europe including, the prestigious Steninge Slott Cultural Centre in Sweden for the World Art in Clay exhibition, selected for VI Biennal de Ceràmica del Vendrell, Barcelona, Spain, and, Ceramica Multiplex at Kerameikon, Croatia.
Handmade in Britain at Kew Gardens, October 20152016: