Benyon, Caroline

Caroline Benyon, The Life of St Columba and Virgin Mary, south nave window (2004), St Alban's Cathedral, Hertfordshire.
Photo: Peter Hildebrand

Caroline Margaret Benyon FMGP (1948-2021) attended Hornsey College of Art and served a stained glass apprenticeship under her father Carl Edwards FMGP for whom she worked at the Fulham Glass House, where she painted his design for the Great West Window of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and cut and painted a window for Washington Anglican Cathedral designed by Rowan Lecompte. In 1990 she opened her own studio where she designed and made windows applying Arts and Crafts principles to contemporary design. During more than two decades as Chairman of the BSMGP Council she worked to promote stained glass as an important public art form as well as a craft, and to introduce its rich and fascinating history to a wider world.

Benyon Stained Glass website
Caroline Benyon obituary by Peter Cormack for The Contemporary Glass Society


Caroline Benyon and the Worshipful Company of Glaziers

The Worshipful Company of Glaziers first appears in written records in 1364-65 during the reign of Edward III, when the emphasis was on the protection of the personal economic welfare of Glaziers. However, in recent times the focus has shifted to the preservation of the heritage of stained glass and to the support of education in architectural glass art, design and conservation.

In 1932 the Company launched an annual competition for young artists, which from 1972 operated under the banner of the Stevens Competition. The competition provided an opportunity for aspiring architectural glass artists, designers, and craftsmen to compete in a format which simulated the process typically undertaken in order to obtain a commercial commission.

Caroline Benyon was a prize winner in 1968-69 and later served as a judge for the Stevens Competition.


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