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Maggy Howarth (b. 1944)

Pebble mosaic artist. Born in Warrington, she studied at Reading University’s School of Fine Art 1962–66. She married the sculptor Boris Howarth (1941–2009) in 1964 and the couple settled at Wennington in the Lune Valley, Lancashire, in 1972. Until about 1985 Howarth was principally employed by outdoor theatre companies, particularly in association with the Lancaster Street Theatre and Welfare State International, but in 1983 she set up Cobblestone Designs (now Maggy Howarth Studios), originally in collaboration with her husband but, following his death, with their son, George. In 1986, Lancaster City Council awarded Howarth one of her first commissions, to make a large pebble mosaic pavement for the approach to Sir John Belcher’s 1909 Ashton Memorial, Williamson Park, Lancaster. Later public commissions include Birds Mosaic and Ship Mosaic, Cavendish Square, Swindon, Wiltshire, 1990; Green Market Mosaics and King Street Mosaics, Whitehaven, Cumbria, c.1990s; Priory Monks Mosaic, Priory Park, Dudley, West Midlands, 1991; Phoenix Cobbles, Tyne Road East, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, 1994; Bradford City by the Sea, City Park, Bradford, West Yorkshire, 1997; and Compass Pebble Mosaic, Clifton Lane, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, 2009. Howarth is a member of the Kendal-based, artist-led website ‘Artists Working to Commission’ (AWTC).

Bibliography. D. Buckman, Artists in Britain since 1945 (2 vols: A–L, M–Z), Bristol, 2006; O. Budd, ‘Maggy Howarth: Perseverance and Patience’, Mosaic and Glass. The Magazine for Mosaicists; D.A. Cross, Public Sculpture of Lancashire and Cumbria, Liverpool, 2017, pp. xx, 76, 86, 187; Maggy Howarth website; M. Howarth, The Art of Pebble Mosaics, Tunbridge Wells, 1994; M. Howarth, The Complete Pebble Mosaic Handbook, London, 2003.

David A. Cross; updated, Terry Cavanagh, March 2024