Innovation in Stained Glass

by David Judson and Steffie Nelson

JUDSON: Innovation in Stained Glass by David Judson and Steffie Nelson is a history of the world-renowned family of artisans who began crafting stained glass windows in Los Angeles in 1897.  

Much of Judson’s finest work has been installed in religious buildings. JUDSON: Innovation in Stained Glass illustrates their fine work in churches dating back to the early twentieth century, as well as modern works, including the extraordinarily modern Air Force Academy Chapel in Colorado Springs, completed in 1962, whose soaring panels of color introduced an architecturally mesmerizing approach to stained glass that had never been executed before. In 2018, Judson created the world’s largest fused glass window for the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. Including 140 panels, and measuring more than 3400 square feet of art glass, the window made news throughout the world, intriguing congregants and tourists alike with its precision detail and artful melding of colors in a mural that depicted both sacred and secular stories. 

Once Judson Studios developed methods for blending subtle variations of color in glass for the Church of the Resurrection project, the possibilities of glass as an artist’s medium were apparent. Now, in addition to its work in traditional leaded stained glass, Judson Studios is working with fine artists creating effects in fused glass that have never been achievable. Most recently fine artist Sarah Cain worked with Judson Studios to create a work in glass 10 feet high by 150 feet long, that was installed at the San Francisco International Airport in July 2019.

In the pages of JUDSON: Innovations in Stained Glass, more than 200 color images showcase the work of five generations of the Judson family who have led the legendary studio.

  • 280+ pages
  • 200+ images
  • 12"h x 9"w
  • hardcover; ISBN 978-1-62640-045-0; $60.00

About the authors:

  • David Judson is president of Judson Studios, the fifth generation of the Judson family to lead the studio since it was  founded in 1897. David oversees the studio's creative process, where he works with architects, designers, and artists who turn to Judson for its legendary work in stained glass. In 2015, he opened the second Judson Studios facility which incorporates the firm's innovative fusing technology that allows fine artists to express their vision in glass. David is the president of the Stained Glass Association of America (SGAA) and lives with his family in Pasadena, California.


    Steffie Nelson has covered art, design and culture for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, W Magazine, and others. She is currently developing Cosmic City: The History of Seekers in Los Angeles, and recently edited Slouching Toward Los Angeles: Living and Writing by Joan Didion’s Light.

This book will be available January 15, 2020. Order now to receive your copy upon its publication.

    $60.00 USD