Ashley Howard

Areas of specialist interest:

  • Ceramics
  • Porcelain
  • Print
  • Decal
  • Transfer
  • Enamel
  • Onglaze
  • Sacred
  • Ritual
  • Ceremony
  • Setting
  • Music
  • Placement


Ashley Howard studied at Medway College of Art and Design, now University for the Creative Arts, Rochester. He built a career combining teaching with making. In 2001 Howard studied for his Masters at the Royal College of Art.

In 2004/5 he collaborated with friend and fellow RCA alumni Martin Lungley for the international touring exhibition Full Circle. The exhibition was designed to showcase the possibilities of wheel-thrown ceramics, and its catalogue included contributions by Alison Britton and Emmanuel Cooper. Howard’s next project was the ambitious Ritual and Setting. This was an exhibition of work made for and inspired by Winchester cathedral. The supporting catalogue includes articles by Professor Simon Olding, Professor Magdalene Odundo OBE and Amanda Fielding. Between 2012 and 2014 Howard worked on a collaborative project with Japanese Potter, Risa Ohgi. The exhibition, Shima Kara Shima E (From Island to Island) opened at the Leach Gallery in St Ives, Cornwall. In 2014 Howard spent the summer working at Shigaraki, Japan where developed a new range work that set out to explore his interests in colour and spirituality. This work ultimately led to his second cathedral exhibition, Meditations, in the modern setting of Guildford cathedral.

Howard has published articles on technical and aesthetic subjects. He has exhibited, demonstrated and lectured all over the world, spending considerable time on solo and collaborative projects in Japan. His achievements on the national and international stages are recognised though his membership of the International Academy for Ceramics. Howard is represented by JJ Rawlin.


UK, Surrey, Guildford