Donald Samick has owned and operated J. & R. Lamb Studios since 1970. He is well known and respected throughout the industry and artist communities for his experience, expertise and commitment to personal oversight of every studio project from start to finish.
He has dedicated his entire career to stained glass, with more than 50 years of experience in the business as a craftsman, designer, and studio owner. His writings have been published in several publications, including Your Church, Faith and Form, Modern Liturgy and Stained Glass, the quarterly publication of the Stained Glass Association of America.
Samick has also lectured at The Library of Congress, Adelphi University, Rutgers University, the Stained Glass Association of America, the American Glass Guild, and the New York Metropolitan Glass Club, along with numerous churches, synagogues and civic organizations.
Lamb Studios is the oldest continuously operating stained-glass studio in the United States. It celebrated 150 years of providing stained-glass windows for religious communities in 2007. Founded in 1857 in New York City by Joseph and Richard Lamb, many consider Lamb Studios to be the first American studio to specialize in all facets of ecclesiastical design. In addition to stained-glass windows, the studio also works in interior decoration, murals, furniture, mosaics, and ecclesiastical appointments.
The Arts window by J. & R. Lamb Studios is the centerpiece of Revival & Reform—Eclecticism in the 19th-Century Environment, a major new exhibition at the Morse that illustrates the rich diversity of styles that made up the aesthetic environment of the late 19th century in both Europe and America. Lamb exhibited the 1894 neoclassical window widely. In preparation for its debut at the Morse, the window, more than eight feet in diameter, underwent extensive conservation.
Works produced by the J. & R. Lamb Studios are also on display at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Newark Museum. Original Lamb windows are installed in such prestigious churches as Stanford University’s Memorial Church in Palo Alto, California; the Protestant and Catholic chapels at the U.S. Marine Corps base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; and Sage Chapel, Cornell University. The First Presbyterian Church in Orange, Texas, is one of the most famous churches to contain total furnishings, stained glass, mosaics, canvas paintings, and decorative plaster wall painting by Lamb Studios.
Recently, the Library of Congress acquired the majority of the J. & R. Lamb Studios archives.