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.
Caroline Benyon and the Worshipful Company of Glaziers
The Worshipful Company of Glaziers was founded in 1328 and remains dedicated to the art and craft of stained glass. In recent times the emphasis has moved from the protection of the personal economic welfare of Glaziers to the preservation of the heritage of stained glass and the support of continuing high standards.
A key part of this work has been the annual competition for young artists, which began in 1932 and which, since 1982, has operated under the banner of the Stevens Competition, the premier competition for stained glass artists in the UK.
Caroline Benyon was a prize winner in 1968-69 and later served as a judge for the Stevens Competition.