Ashley Howard is a maker of individual pots of considerable power and energy, a potter interested in the seductive freedom the wheel can offer. He explores rich generous glazing on gestural, expansively made forms. There is something very gutsy about these pieces. They owe something of their aesthetic to Japanese wares, and have used temperate colours very redolent of the British landscape, but Howard is famous for his vivid marine blues too, and his strong painterly more ‘urban’ decoration on porcelain. Educated at Medway College of Art and Design and later the Royal College of Art, Howard is himself a committed teacher, most notably at the University of the Creative Arts, Farnham. His work, from large installation pieces to small teacups, reflects the passion he has brought to the world of British ceramics.
by David Whiting