Sean Donlon (1988) was born in Springfield Virginia, in his early years he frequented art and historical museums, the Smithsonian being his favorite. He quickly grew a obsessive fascination with the ocean and started studying Marine Biology in 2006. While in school he reclaimed his fascination for the arts and then was a painter and printmaker at the Workhouse Art Center in Lorton Virginia, where he was a studio artist and instructor. There he met a flameworking artist whom he apprenticed under for two years. From the first day handling glass, making a clear marble he was hooked and wanted to learn more. Sean has traveled to Lauscha Germany to study glass eye prosthetics, and was selected as the recipient of the VMFA Visual Arts Fellowship for 2012. After graduating in December of 2012 from VCU he opened Mule Barn Craft Studios, collaborative art space, with a conceptual craft focus. Sean is currently a glass assistant at the Chrysler museam glass studio, and works for Garmezy Glass.
This Sean took a more roundabout path to his vocation. Originally majoring in Marine Biology, he later realized he loved making with his hands, and changed his course of study . This Sean is the technical creator, hand laborer, in the making aspects of art works by Sean Donlon.
I am fascinated with the human relationship to doubt and the way we solve problems, how we react to them, or do not react to them. Often I will take lead in the brain storming of making new work, public relations, or deciding how set up or display a certain piece.