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Verity Howard

Ceramic ArtistHereford, United Kingdom
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Verity Howard

Ceramic ArtistHereford, United Kingdom
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Verity is a ceramic artist who responds to subjects surrounding people, history and places. By creating slab built works she captures feelings, moods, atmospheres, a sense of place. The forms Verity creates are contemplative, using clay as a medium for drawing and monoprinting. It is important to Verity that the form of her work is integral to the subject she is responding to. That surface and form work together to create a successful and harmonious composition. Verity has won numerous awards including the Guldagergaard Network Award which enabled her to complete a ceramics residency at Guldagergaard, International Ceramic Research Centre, Denmark. She was also awarded the Manchester Craft and Design Centre Graduate Award which allowed her a three month solo exhibition at the centre. Most recently Verity was selected for Hothouse 2017, the Crafts Council’s creative business development programme for up-and-coming makers. Verity has also been selected for the IV. International Ceramics Triennial UNICUM, Slovenia, 2018 and will additionally be exhibiting at New Designers One Year In from the 27th- 30th June, 2018, at the Business Design Centre, London.
Projects
  • Sacrificial Stone Series
    Sacrificial Stone SeriesIn ‘Sacrificial Stone Series’ Verity explores using the words ‘Sacrificial Stone’ as a starting point, to conjure up a mental image and a feeling of something that may never have been seen before. Through the medium of clay Verity has been translating these images and feelings into reality by creating physical ceramic works. To Verity the words that evoke the feeling regarding ‘Sacrificial Stone’ are: surreal, stone like, obscured and encaged. By monoprinting using grey slips Verity has created a stone like surface quality to her slab built forms. Furthermore by layering up monoprinted line drawings on to the surface of the work Verity has created a feeling of these forms being obscured and encaged. For the past year Verity’s practice has been based around the work and documentation of Alfred Watkins, a naturalist in Hereford in the early 1900’s. The title ‘Sacrificial Stone’ came from one of Watkins’s maps drawn when researching into his theory on Ley Lines. Verity was intrigued by his drawings as she loved the place names marked on his maps, for example: Devil’s Bridge, Flight’s Farm and Sacrificial Stone. When starting this body of work Verity immediately related the title ‘Sacrificial Stone’ to images she had seen taken by Alfred Watkins of ‘The Queen Stone’ at Huntsham. Watkins believed ‘The Queen Stone’ to have been used as a sacrificial cage. He demonstrated this theory by placing sticks and branches in the vertical grooves of ‘The Queen Stone’. This allowed him to demonstrate how people were caged on top of the stone. Verity was interested by how the title ‘Sacrificial Stone’ had immediately brought back memories of these sinister and mysterious images. Verity was fascinated with how she had started to create images in her mind of a place she had never seen before.
  • A Sense of Place: Heyop Church Series
    A Sense of Place: Heyop Church SeriesFor the past year Verity’s practice has been based around the work and documentation of Alfred Watkins, a naturalist in Hereford in the early 1900’s. Alfred Watkins came up with a theory linked to Ley Lines. He travelled around rural Herefordshire photographing and recording information relating to Ley Points. ​This body of work ‘A Sense of Place’ has been made in response to the diagrams Watkins drew when plotting these Ley Points. Verity was intrigued by his drawings as she loved the names of the places that he marked on his maps, for example: Devil’s Bridge, Flight’s Farm, Heyop Church and Sacrificial Stone. Verity was fascinated by the images and feelings these place titles conjured up in her mind. She wanted to explore translating this feeling into physical ceramic works. ​This first series of works, as part of ‘A Sense of Place’, is titled ‘Heyop Church Series’. It explores the Ley Point ‘Heyop Church’ since churches regularly feature on Watkins’s maps. To Verity, the words that evoke the feeling regarding ‘Heyop Church’ are: tall, dark, towering, spire. She has therefore been making objects with these words in mind. Rather than planning pieces before making Verity has been cutting up slabs of clay and assembling pieces intuitively. Therefore works have evolved organically without a finished object in mind. Verity has used black stoneware clay in this series to echo the sinister mysterious mood that to her, Watkins’s maps capture. In combination with texture Verity has used grey slips and underglazes to monoprint surfaces onto the clay slabs, which reference elements from churches, such as roof tiles. ​The form of the works alludes to features from church architecture such as the angles of towers and spires. Some pieces through their structure reflect both the interior and exterior of buildings. Viewing these works from different perspectives allows sections to come together and angles to meet. The abstract nature of these pieces echoes the bringing together of past memories, buildings and places in order to evoke ‘A Sense of Place’.
  • A Ley Landscape
    A Ley Landscape‘A Ley Landscape’ was made in response to Victorian photographs taken by Alfred Watkins of rural Herefordshire. Watkins’s photographs document his research into Ley Lines, with his images often depicting ancient pathways, hills and mounds. Verity was drawn to his images for their mysterious, looming, dark, sinister and foreboding qualities. In this body of work Verity has created ceramic forms depicting themes from Watkins’s landscapes which capture the qualities she was drawn to in his photographs. In order to reflect the atmosphere of Watkins’s images Verity has monoprinted a variety of grey slips and minimal line drawings on to the surface of the works. This conveys a stillness of mood.
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Projects credited in
  • One Year In
    One Year InFor talented designers launching new creative businesses
Work history
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    New Designers ExhibitorNEW DESIGNERS
    Business Design Centre, London N1 0RH, UKFreelance
    Verity Howard will be exhibiting as part of New Designers One Year In 2018.
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    Pottery TutorHerefordshire Headway
    Hereford, United KingdomFreelance
    Teaching adults who have a head injury or an acquired brain injury ceramics once a week.
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Skills
  • Art
  • Drawing
  • Sculpture
  • Craft
  • Lecturing
  • Teaching
  • Ceramics
  • Monoprinting
  • Painting
  • Ceramic Artist
Education
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    BA (Hons) First Class, Three Dimensional DesignManchester School of Art
     - Manchester, United Kingdom
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    Art and Design Foundation DiplomaHereford College of Art
     - Hereford, United Kingdom
Awards
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    Shortlisted for the Potclays Emerging Makers Award (2017)International Ceramics Festival Aberystwyth
    Verity was selected to exhibit her work at the International Ceramics Festival, Aberystwyth, alongside the other three shortlisted artists.
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    Gallery @OMP h.Art Prize Exhibition Award (2016)The Old Mayor's Parlour Gallery, Hereford
    Verity won first prize and therefore had the opportunity to exhibit at the Old Mayor's Parlour Gallery, Hereford, from the 10th - 30th September, 2016. She was also awarded a cash prize as a result of this award which enabled her to buy her first kiln.
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