Guildford Cathedral last night unveiled its latest exhibition, Meditations, featuring the work of renowned ceramic artist and University for the Creative Arts (UCA) lecturer Ashley Howard.
Having originally studied at UCA Rochester in the 1980s, Ashley has since seen his work feature in many exhibitions all over the country, and from this built a career combining his two passions, teaching and making.
Ashley’s latest collection is inspired by the time he spent in the Shigaraki area of Japan, well known for the quality of its clay and Shigaraki pottery. It was here in 2014 that Ashley began his exploration of colour and spirituality, and drew inspiration for Meditations.
“I have always been drawn to sacred spaces, whatever the religion or creed that inspires them. Meditations is about exploring spaces within space, the experience of specific spaces and the resulting spiritual contemplation which may arise,” Ashley said.
“The contextual background to the exhibition is the notion of meditating on ‘what will be will be’, and of letting things unfold in their own time.”
The Cathedral’s simple and peaceful interior provides an inspiring setting for the exhibition, which will be on show from 5 April until 18 May.
UCA Vice Chancellor and conceptual artist Professor Bashir Makhoul said:
“I am delighted that the Cathedral’s latest exhibition will feature the work of not only an esteemed artist, but a dedicated teacher inspiring the next generation of creatives,”
“We are incredibly lucky to have a pool of talented academics here at UCA who bring many years of experience in the creative industries to their courses and our local communities.
“I would like to congratulate Ashley on his fantastic collection which I’m sure will prove a great success over the coming months.”
To find out more about Meditations, visit Guildford Cathedral.