Although born in the UK it was a visit to Murano in the early nineties that ignited Martin’s fascination for glass and her initial work followed the strict rules of filigrana techniques.
With a continued passion for Venetian glass, Martin then went on to study under Tobias Mohl, the Danish virtuoso glassmaker. Mohl himself a former student of Lino Tagliapietra, the undisputed master of this style of blown glass. Her collaboration with Tobias Mohl resulted in several major exhibitions, in particular the William Traver Galerie in Seattle and the prestigious “Compétition Reticello” won by Mohl.
Martin then worked with the master glass maker Neil Wilkin, during this time her perceptions of what is achievable with glass were greatly challenged. Wilkin’s work was large, solid and sculptural, often monumental in scale for both indoor and outdoor installations. Having already mastered her control of the traditional skills of glass blowing, Martin forged her own contemporary style to her work by merging the sensitive alongside the solid. The ability to create large scale works that incorporate finer details.