Context and placement steer the thinking behind Ashley Howard’s work. He has always been fascinated by ritual and ritualistic vessels, and has maintained a dialogue between Far-Eastern and homespun ceramic traditions which address his fascination with ceremony. Reflection through making is key to both his research development and teaching. Ashley is primarily a maker, and he is intrigued by the instinctive and intuitive engagement between maker and material. He is interested in exploring the architecture of the vessel, its surface and its relationship with the human and the spatial environment. Ashley is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics.