The Lab

Family Heritage. Inherited Talent.

The heritage of Howe Ceramics extends back to 1964 when Kenneth Howe established the formerly named KD Laboratories. During this time, Kenneth gained an impressive reputation as one of the country’s best chrome technicians.

Chris followed in his father’s footsteps and qualified as a Dental Technician in 1978, with a City and Guilds qualification from the London Institute. Before joining his father’s laboratory, Chris developed his technical skills, first at a commercial lab and then at Guy’s Hospital in London to set up the crown and bridge department.

After Kenneth’s retirement in 2001, KD Howe Laboratories became Chris Howe Ceramics, specialising in crowns, bridges and implants. Today Howe Ceramics is run by father and son team, Chris and Jon – keeping the business and the inherited skill of restorative craftsmanship solely within the Howe family.


The Team

Elite Restorations.
Unrivalled Talent.


Howe Ceramics employs four highly motivated registered technicians who regularly attend advanced training courses in the UK and international meetings and exhibitions to explore and evaluate innovative solutions from Europe and North America. This approach ensures your dental practice benefits from informed advice on the array of aesthetic solutions available on the market, as well as having direct access to the most advanced techniques currently available.

Jon Howe

Jon joined the family business in 2009 and was mentored by his dad at the bench until he qualified as a Dental Technician in 2012. He has led Howe Ceramics in becoming one of the leading dental labs in the country that utilises digital dentistry in all its work. Jon qualified as a Clinical Dental Technician 2020 allowing him to combine the digital, clinical and aesthetics of dentistry to provide clients and his patients a highly personal approach and outstanding clinical treatment as a single practitioner.

Chris Howe

Chris qualified as a dental technician in 1978. He has established an excellent reputation as one of the leading specialists in crown and bridge and implant dentistry. In partnership with Jon, Chris Howe Ceramics has lead the way in digital dentistry and are evolving to Howe Ceramics to provide dentist and clients a combination of analogue skill and the latest digital techniques.

The Ethos

Innovative Workflow.
Superior Results.


At Howe Ceramics, we pride ourselves on taking a personal approach with every client we work with. We acknowledge that case guidance is crucial in meeting patients’ expectations in private practice. That’s why we take an active role in the dental surgery team working closely with clinicians with a service that includes:

  • Providing technical guidance on the range of treatment options and materials available
  • Shade Taking (Both at the laboratory or chairside at your surgery)
  • Custom finishing
  • Support with treatment planning from a technical perspective

Howe Ceramics also offers consultation to both patients and dentists to discuss their requirements, producing diagnostic wax-ups and digital imagery and enabling the patient to visualise the predicted results.

Through technological innovation and cutting-edge technique, Howe Ceramics works to the highest standards, providing superior results for all of our clients and their patients.