was born in Cardigan, Wales in 1960 and, whilst at school,
discovered a natural aptitude for drawing which subsequently
determined her career.
She enrolled on the foundation course
at Swansea School of Art in 1979, and there became attracted
to glass as an artistic medium. In 1980, she commenced the
Swansea course in Architectural Stained Glass.
in the form of tangible success, came quickly. In her first
year, she won the first prize for glass at the National
Eisteddfod of Wales, a feat she was to repeat in 1982.
she took first prize in the national Hetley Hartley-Wood
glass competition for a panel that was subsequently exhibited
at the stained glass museum at Ely Cathedral, and purchased
by the Victoria and Albert Museum.
with distinction, in 1982 she, together with four other
ex-students, established Glasslight Studios, a co-operative
stained glass studio in Swansea, where patronage from the
Catholic Church spawned a variety of ecclesiastical commissions.
However, she became increasingly dissatisfied with the economic
necessity of accepting uninspiring commissions and left
to pursue an independent career in 1987.
Catrin has worked uninterruptedly on numerous commissions
in a wide variety of business sectors, mainly in the public
As well as
her commissioned work, she has taught occasionally at glass
departments at Central St Martin’s School of Art in
London, North East Wales Institute in Wrexham, and at the
Institute of Higher Education in Swansea.
She has also
conducted numerous workshops with primary and secondary
schoolchildren and with college students and possesses an
Enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau.