Catrin Howell

I am fascinated by animals and the way they are used to convey narratives. From the roles they play in mythology, as iconic symbols, and their ability to convey messages, often carrying out complex roles.

I am drawn to myth because it allows the impossible to happen; challenging our perceptions by playing with assumptions of the real and the supposed.

I am interested in the universality of myth, narrative and symbolism, how common themes exist in the mythology of more than one culture.


Born 1969 Wales



2005 College of Art MA in Ceramics and Glass

1992 University of Wolverhampton. BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design


1991 New York State of Ceramics, Alfred University, NY, USA



2007 Arts Council of Wales. Creative Wales Award

1998 Gold Medal in Craft and Design, National Eisteddfod of Wales International Exhibition, Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic. 1st Prize

1996 Crafts Council setting up grant

1994 Award of Merit, Fletcher Challenge Ceramic Award, Auckland, New Zealand

1993 Curators commendation, Ceramic contemporaries, V&A



2006 Mythologies solo exhibition Gynn Vivian Art Gallery and Museum, Swansea

Fairytales and urban myths Millennium Galleries, Sheffield

2006 Museum of Decorative Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark

2006 Collecting Contemporary Ceramics Ruthin Craft Centre

2004 Exhibition of Ceramic Works by World Emerging Artists

Fuping International Ceramic Art Museum Fuping, Shaanxi China

2001-2003 Solo Exhibition Ruthin Craft Centre, Touring

2002 Europaisches Industriemuseum fur Porzellan, Selb-Plossberg, Germany

Keramiekcentrum Tiendschuur Tegelen, the Netherlands

Menagerie Leeds City Art Gallery and Design Centre

2001 8th International Exhibition of Ceramic Art, Cesky Krumlov State Castle, Czech Republic

2000 Farmers Daughters the Gallery, Ruthin Craft Centre



2006-1999 Craft Magazine

2006-1994 Ceramic Review

2001-2003 Collecting contemporary Ceramics Ruthin Craft Centre

Catalogyue from Touring Solo Show, Ruthin Craft Centre

1999 Ceramics: Art and Perception

1999 Studio Pottery, Ceramics society

1998 Crefft

1994 Keramik Magazine

1994 New Zealand Potter




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