During the week, Judy Gartland can be found somewhere over in the kiln studio working on fused glass, instructing the Kilnworking Intensive or the fusing portion of the Glass Art Sampler. Judy recently retired from a career as a corporate secretary, and is now enjoying working on her art and spending time with her husband lazing around and fishing at Rockbridge or Truman Lake.
What got you started with glass art?
In 2007, my husband Michael and I first did the Saturday paperweight class with Nicolai. I was so intrigued I signed up for the intro to glass blowing. Amber Marshall was the instructor and she is a great teacher. Then I took intro to kiln with Mark and the rest is history!
What captures your imagination?
I like a particular fusing technique called on edge – working to obtain subtle textures and patterns in the glass. I have also been lately trying casting glass into sculptural objects.
When did you start incorporating other glass techniques in your work? How did this come about?
I don’t think it could be helped! Employing various techniques just evolved as I learned more and wanted to make new and different items.
Where do your ideas or inspiration come from?
They come from the middle of the night when I should be sleeping!
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
What is in the works right now?