Donlin, Martin

Martin Donlin, The Great Hall, Coleridge Community College, Cambridge (2013).
Photo: Martin Donlin

Martin Donlin FMGP (b.1959) was born in Hockley, Essex to Irish immigrant parents and studied Architectural Stained Glass in Swansea, South Wales from 1984 to 1987.

The majority of the projects he produces are intended to work on a variety of levels, with bold images for impact yet containing small intricate details to be seen close up. His intention is to create artworks that are welcoming and accessible and do not alienate visitors or locals, but have a sensitivity and relevance to their environment. They are usually a direct response to the architecture and surroundings.

Source: Martin Donlin website


Martin Donlin 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.

Martin Donlin won an award from the Company in 1986 and subsequently went on to act as a Stevens Competition judge.


Visit Stained Glass Contributor

Martin Donlin has contributed to the selection of stained glass windows chosen for highlighting on this website. His selection can be seen here. As an artist contributing to the website he has also been ask to highlight one of his own works, and that can be seen here.