Catrin Howell

Catrin Howell

Catrin Howell's Residency at the Clay Studio, Philadelphia

Welsh Ceramic Artist, Catrin Howell, was chosen in 2007 to take part in the Clay Studio residency in Philadelphia.

After making an impact with Ruthin Craft Centre at the major international event, Sculptural Objects and Functional Art (SOFA), Chicago (2003, 2005, 2006) supported by Wales Arts International, Catrin Howell was approached by the Clay Studio, Philadelphia and was invited for a two month residency beginning September 2007.

Brought up on a farm in Cardiganshire, where her studio is based, Howell creates lively animal sculptures inspired from the surrounding countryside and founded on legend, myth and fantasy. She is renowned for her portrayal of wild beasts and creatures that capture the imagination.

Howell has already made her mark on an international platform having exhibited with Ruthin Craft Centre at SOFA Chicago and Collect, The Crafts Council’s major international contemporary art fair in London for many years. Early in her career, Catrin had a piece of work purchased for the internationally reputed Ceramic Collection in Aberystwyth, Wales. Her work is now found in collections across Europe and the UK, including Prague’s Museum of Decorative Arts, and the International Ceramics Studio Collection in Kecskemet, Hungary.

Having graduated from the University of Wolverhampton and later the Royal College of Art in London, Howell has won several awards for her work including a Fletcher Challenge Merit Award, New Zealand (1994) and the craft Gold Medal at the National Eisteddfod (1999). In 2001 Ruthin Craft Centre undertook a major solo exhibition tour of her work.

In addition to this residency, the Arts Council of Wales’ Creative Wales Award gave Catrin Howell a further period of creative development to achieve her ambition to work in greater depth and to spend a concentrated amount of time out from her daily practice.

Catrin Howell's residency was supported by Wales Arts International, who set up a partnership with the Clay Studio in Philadelphia in 2007,
to set up a programme of residencies for Wales based artists.

For further information, please visit:
w: www.theclaystudio.org

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