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Celtic Studios (1948–1993)

Celtic Studios was the first firm producing stained glass in Wales in any quantity. The firm was established in 1948 in Swansea, by Howard Martin and his cousin Hubert Thomas, although they had also worked together in the 1930s. They worked in the tradition of the Arts & Crafts movement, and brought a degree of originality to their design. Their work in the late 1950s and 60s demonstrated a willingness to embrace a more modern aesthetic with full-coloured windows, suggesting the modernist inclinations of Howard Martin and John Edwards.

The Studio was responsible for more than 650 windows during its existence, many of which are in south Wales, but also in north Wales, England and North America. A third of their output, including some of their best work, was exported to Canada.

Further reading

Maurice Broady, A Vision Fulfilled: The story of Celtic Studios and Swansea's architectural glass tradition (Swansea: West Glamorgan Archive Service, 2010).

Maurice Broady, 'An Undervalued Welsh Art: Celtic Studios' Stained Glass 1933-1922' Minerva, vol. IV (1996), 3-13.

Maurice Broady, 'Departed glory. Celtic Studios: the firm and its glass 1948-1992' The Journal of Stained Glass, vol. XXI, no. X (1997), 44-67.



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 Gwroldeb Aberth Gwobr   (Bravery Sacrifice Reward) Gwroldeb Aberth Gwobr (Bravery Sacrifice Reward)
firm/studio: Celtic Studios
about 1945-1948
Seion Newydd, Morriston, Swansea
window into the vestry
  Welsh Saints Welsh Saints
firm/studio: Celtic Studios
1949 and 1959
Church of St Gabriel, Brynmill, Swansea
west wall of the nave
  Christ in Glory with Virtues Christ in Glory with Virtues
firm/studio: Celtic Studios
1949
Church of St Jude, Swansea
west wall of the nave
  The Annunciation The Annunciation
firm/studio: Celtic Studios
1949
Church of St Mary the Virgin, Rhossili, Swansea
east wall of the chancel (window number: I)
  St John the Evangelist    from    St John and Christ with Children St John the Evangelist
from St John and Christ with Children

firm/studio: Celtic Studios
1950
Church of All Saints, Llangorwen, Ceredigion
nave
  St Padarn    from    St David and St Padarn St Padarn
from St David and St Padarn

firm/studio: Celtic Studios
1950
Church of All Saints, Llangorwen, Ceredigion
nave
  Crown and Dove of the Holy Spirit    from    Christian Symbols Crown and Dove of the Holy Spirit
from Christian Symbols

firm/studio: Celtic Studios
1950
Tabernacl, Morriston, Swansea
porch
  The Risen Christ Appearing to St Mary Magdalene The Risen Christ Appearing to St Mary Magdalene
firm/studio: Celtic Studios
1950
Church of St Elidyr, Crunwere, Pembrokeshire
south wall of the nave (baptistry)
  Christ in Majesty with Virtues Christ in Majesty with Virtues
firm/studio: Celtic Studios
designer: Howard Martin
1950
Church of St Agnes, Aberavon, Port Talbot, Neath Port Talbot
east wall of the chancel
  Christ the Good Shepherd with St Elizabeth Christ the Good Shepherd with St Elizabeth
firm/studio: Celtic Studios
1950
Church of St Michael, Llandre, Ceredigion
south wall of the nvae




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