Adele Howitt is an artist who predominately works with clay. The work has long been associated with innovation, site specificity, creative engagement and place making within the public realm on large – scale projects. Design and flow for the greater good enters the work as ideas are developed into architectural artwork for healthcare environments, school playgrounds, and collaborations with industry. History and identity of the landscape both in urban and rural situations, combined with the scientific relevance of pattern and the global affects on biodiversity, are concepts that are researched and developing into various forms.
Adele is currently innovating the famous Hornsea Pottery into a high street setting to create a celebration of the town’s pottery history. Working with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Hornsea Pottery Museum, and the Hornsea Area Regeneration Partnership, to innovate the famous pottery, Adele has developed the concept to delivery 3 stages of public realm artwork to celebrate the classic designs and heritage of the Pottery. The ceramic art is going into production Autumn 2016 - 2017 and includes art on roundabouts, bus stops, pavements and poetry in the park.
The Haunting Oct – 7th November 2016 – a literary festival curated by Alchemy, Leeds, with Poets, Rommi Smith & Simon Armitage. In association with Ilkley Lit Fest, and the Leeds Film Festival. Adele has created a ceramic installation of 24 individually decorated and glazed thrown pieces for a temporary installation at The Leeds Library. Entitled; That which we cannot see… the installation is created in response to the chilling ghost story entitled “The Pomegranate Seed’ by Edith Wharton.” See the animation by Jack Lockhart on the blog and spaces pages.
Adele's methodology of how identity and history is expressed, was applied to the Forgotten Potteries commission where the industrial past of the potteries in the Dearne Valley, South Yorkshire, was explored. The ceramic response is now accessioned into the permanent collection at Barnsley Museums.
Recent public realm working includes the RIBA Award winning capital building project, Hull & East Riding NHS Queen’s Oncology and Haematology Centre, and notably with Ideal Standard Bathroom factory in Hull to innovate ceramic slip-casting technology into new installations for a learning environment.
Adele Howitt is Co-owner and director of the Studio Eleven Gallery & Workshop in Hull where she is based.
A long history of experimentation with ceramic form in her studio practice as led to artwork exhibited across Europe including, the Steninge Slott Cultural Centre in Sweden for the World Art in Clay, VI Biennal de Ceràmica del Vendrell, Barcelona, Spain, Ceramica Multiplex at Kerameikon, Croatia, Edge at The Gallery Cork Street, RHS Chelsea Flower Show London, various RHS Gardens across Surrey. Recently, Seedpod White is accessioned into the prestigious Yingge Ceramics Museum, near Teipei, Taiwan.
The Civic, Barnsley.
The Design Shop, Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax.
The Craft Gallery, Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber.
Studio Eleven, Humber Street, Fruitmarket, Hull.