Edward Martin is an award winning artist who has spent over 30 years developing his craft, and is part of the exciting "Outsider Art" movement, completely self taught, without outside influences on his work.

Artist’s Statement
Ed Martin

It is crucial to me to constantly challenge my mind and materials in order to create one of a kind pieces. To me art has to be an ever-changing journey that continually evolves into a new series of work that have their own undeniable style. I want my work to always take me in the direction of discovering new ports of the mind and produce beautifully balanced artwork that challenges the eye and draws people into my work.
Awards & Accomplishments
Working in his fully functional glass studio and complete wood working shop at his home in Springfield Illinois, he has perfected the art of beveling, fusing, three dimensional etching and glass staining as well as traditional glasswork. A need for frames led him on a journey in woodworking that turned into a love for the amazing color and grains of woods from all over the world. Ed Martin solely designs all work and no pieces are ever duplicated. Much of his works are created for private commission contracts.
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Around 1995, he decided to start breaking away from the traditional realism in his design work and let his mind venture into new territory. The objective was to combine all facets of his abilities to create a totally new set of works like no other he had seen. This has resulted in the creation of a wide range of work from glass sinks, architectural pieces, fused windows to furniture.
Ed Martin has shown his work form Los Angeles to New York and his work is collected by people from all over the country.


2011 2nd Place Peoria Hights Fine art fair.

2011 1st PlaceRapsody in Bloom Art Fair.

2011 Best New Artist Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival.

2005 Recipient of:
Illinois Percentage of the Arts: Arts in Architecture Program
SIU Edwardsville

2004 2nd Place Fine Craft
20th Annual Sugar Creek Arts Festival
Bloomington, Illinois

2004 1st Place
16th Annual Edwards Place Fine Crafts Fair
Springfield, Illinois

2004 2nd Place Glass
2004 St. James Art Show
Louisville, Kentucky
(Also one of 50 artists requested to participate in the Best of St. James Preview Party)

“ 1st Place 3 Dimensional Design”
2003 St. James Art Show
Louisville, KY
“Patron’s Purchase Award”
Images 2000 Show
“Award of Excellence”
1999 Main St. Showcase of Art
Elkhart, IN
“Best of Show”
1999 Rockford Artist Fair
Rockford, IL
“Purchase Award”
Jefferson MO River Rendezvous
“4th Place”
Edwards Place Fine Craft Fair
Springfield, IL

Also featured on the Cover of Springfield Magazine (with full article)
Springfield, IL