Born and bred in Newcastle NSW, Lee initially started a career as a PE teacher at a local high school.
Eventually Lee left PE teaching to raise her three boys until school age. A creative at heart, Lee attended a leadlight course with a view to renovating the family home.
The course changed Lee’s career direction as she fell in love with glass and the creative opportunities and challenges it provided. Once the boys hit school age, Lee opened a leadlight business in Newcastle.
Lee Howes Glass has grown from strength to strength, completing work for various commissions, churches, schools, nursing homes and private residences.
The increasing demand for stained glass repairs saw Lee venture into the world of ‘hot glass’. Purchasing her own kiln, Lee taught herself to paint using glass paints and enamels and soon discovered a world of possibilities.
After attending a number of workshops on fusing and casting techniques, the experimentation begun. Combining a variety of different techniques Lee has created some striking glass art, and her work has been selected for inclusion in the Ranamok Glass Prize, the Emerge international glass prize and the Waterhouse Science Prize. Lee has also won the Vicki Torr Memorial Glass Award twice, an award voted by her fellow glass community.