West Wales based ceramicist, Catrin Howell was represented by Ruthin Craft Centre at SOFA Chicago in 2003, 2005, 2006. As a direct result of her presence at the show, she was approached by the Clay Studio, Philadelphia and invited for a two month residency in 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 imaginative portrayal of wild beasts and creatures.
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 and 2011 Ruthin Craft Centre undertook major solo exhibitions of her work.