About the Artist

Judy Jennings

Judy in her studio

Judy Jennings was born and educated in Winnipeg, Canada. She received her RN degree from the nursing program at Winnipeg Children’s Hospital and her postgraduate degree in Nursing Education from the University of Manitoba. After working in the operating room and as a nurse educator for several years, Jennings worked with the Canadian Mental Health Association. While there she became aware of the acute need for residential treatment for disturbed children, and as a result, five years later she and a partner established Shanu, a live-in treatment center for troubled children in northern Ontario. The work was very demanding, 24 hours a day, and after eight years the treatment center was closed.

In 1986 Jennings moved back to Winnipeg to be with her mother. Her career as a stained glass artist began with a night school class about how to make a glass sun catcher. The medium of glass fired her imagination and creativity, and she sought additional classes and information. While attending a glass design workshop in Vera Cruz, Mexico, Jennings met Bert Glauner, the owner of a large glass studio in Mexico.

She has since collaborated with him several times, setting up workshops in his studio with some of the best glass artists in the world. She has twice attended Pilchuck Glass School in Washington, D.C., has taken two stained glass tours of Europe with other glass artists, and has attended a glass conference and workshop in Japan.

Judy Jennings has a connection to this church, as her father was cousin to the late Dr. Charles Restall, a member of St. Luke’s. Therefore, she was especially pleased to undertake the project of the stained glass windows for the sanctuary and narthex.

Jennings originally began working on the windows in her basement studio. The Pentecost window was so large, however, that she decided to add a new studio onto her house and now works in a bright sunlit main floor studio. She carefully selects mouth-blown and textured glass, which is sometimes enhanced by acid etching, sandblasting, or the techniques of kiln-fired glass painting and fusing.

Besides her love of work with glass, Jennings’ greatest pleasure is visiting her two sons and their families in Georgia and Connecticut. She has four grandchildren.

Judy’s website

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