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"Moonlight is Sculpture..." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Luna Studio 47 has been conceived through the marriage of  James Joseph Howes' love for Astronomy, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and his expertise as a talented and exhibited multi disciplined three dimensional maker and educationalist.


Whether creating sculpture with elegant silhouettes, fractal like the surface of the Moon or domestic furniture that illuminates a tranquil corner of twilight in a home, light is at the core of James's work, a fundamental principle of Luna Studio 47.


James's most recent works exist somewhere between fine art and domestic furniture. as he describes "just like our planet everyone deserves their own celestial neighbour, illuminating their home at night."

James has worked in association with industry to deliver public sculptures to completion. Luna Studio 47 can therefore offer its services to design public art.

He holds a BA (Hons) in Art History & Studio Practice from John Ruskin University Cambridge as well as a MA (in Fine Art/Sculpture) from the University of East London. From there he completed his PGCE at the University of Greenwich and has taught Art and Design to post 16 students for over 20 years. Finally, he has been accepted onto the PhD in Education with the University of Greenwich.


Luna Studio 47 is therefore also a tool for education and guidance, James can offer outreach educational services to those wishing to learn some of the traditional skills in three dimensional making and assist in portfolio building.


Throughout his career, he has developed sculptures at a variety of scales, from intimate interiors to expansive public pieces. Whether you are a collector of art looking for their new prized possession or a city seeking a new monument, look no further than Luna Studio 47.

James is keen to use his extensive skill set to offer commissions personal to you and your needs and desires. 

James`s Personal Telescope a 6inch Tmb a
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Curriculum Vitae - James Joseph Howes


Education & Qualifications

2019 - 2020

Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly London.

FRAS (Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society c.1820)


University of Greenwich

Accepted onto the PhD Programme in Education. (Interrupted study due to prior health issues and working commitments).

2001 - 2002

University of Greenwich

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PCET)

1999 - 2001

University of East London

MA Fine Art/Sculpture

1996 - 1999

John Ruskin University Cambridge 

BA (Hons) History of Art & Theory/Studio Practice - 2.1

1993 - 1995

Huntingdon Regional College

Access to Humanities and Social Science: psychology, literature, philosophy.

Level 2 English Language & City and Guilds Maths.

Employment & Experience

2004 - 2019

Shooters Hill Six Form College 

Course Tutor for Art and Design BTEC Level 1.

Teacher/Lecturer for BTEC Levels 1, 2 and 3 programmes in Art and Design, inclusive of BTEC Certificate in Three-Dimensional Design.

Gateway entry Level 3, (VA) Vocational Access and (TI) Towards Independence.

Sep - July 2004

The Business Academy Bexley 

Teacher of Art and Design for KS3 to 4 and KS5 AS/A2 

Jan - Apr 2002

Greenwich Community College

Teacher/Lecturer of Art and Design, Three-Dimensional Design, LOCN Sculpture, Learning Support at Key stages 3 to 5

2000 - 2001

Huntingdon Regional College, Cambridge Regional College and Newham College 

Teaching experience residencies in Fine Art at foundation level.

The 'Luna' Studio -

where the magic happens

The home of `Luna Studio 47’ resides in a conservation area within a grade II listed early 18th century Georgian Cottage (the original old dairy.)  The cottage overlooks the beautiful village green in the quintessentially English village of Rawcliffe, East Riding of Yorkshire. The Studio is in James's attic and is as close to the moon as he could physically get. He also has an exterior working area for large open air work requiring welding and assembling or to bask in the moonlight.
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