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Judith Finn Conway


Judith describes herself as an artist and a maker who creates with glass in its many forms. She started the study of leaded glass in the 1970’s while attending schools in Germany and France, learning the skills of traditional glass leading, painting and etching. Upon return to the United States she studied with a wide range of renowned glass artists, including Narcissus Qualiata, Albinas Elksus, Paul Marioni, Roger Thomas, Catharine Newell, and Dan Fenton. In the early 1980’s she began the discovery of torchworked and kilnformed (fused) glass and has researched, studied, and created almost exclusively in those methods since.

She and her family live in Laurel, Maryland, and frequently boat along the Chesapeake Bay and its inlets. She draws most of her inspiration from nature…from the shadows cast by the movement of the waters and grasses, the arrangements of rocks and reeds along the creeks, the vast stretches of water and the constantly changing light. But sometimes a glimpse of a rusted red bike resting against a barn, a horseshoe crab skeleton, or a tangle of weathered waterman’s tools suggest a story that she wants to share. Judith met her husband many years ago when they were both students living in Paris, and they often return to France to rent a boat for week-long sojourns down the ancient canals in southern France. It is a huge step back in time, and into a completely different world of a much simpler life. The immense sycamores that line the canals, the family vineyards, the lockkeepers’ cottages, and the timeworn structures in the small, remote French villages along the canals all provide a quiet refuge from hectic daily life and another source of inspiration for her work.

Judith has taught all levels of glass techniques both nationally and internationally for more than thirty years. She is a frequent instructor at The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York; Creative Glass in both Switzerland and in England; and The GlasForum in Norway. As a researcher and author, Judith has written numerous technical articles for industry publications on the topics of kilnformed glass, education and studio design.

In 2001 she and her studio partner Kevin O’Toole established Vitrum Studio in Maryland, where she both taught and directed an internationally acclaimed program of kilnformed glass workshops. The partners closed the physical studio after 15 successful years, and they now collaborate on writing eBooks that teach the courses they developed. More information on their eBooks can be found on their website,

Judith’s work is in collections internationally, and it is frequently selected for exhibitions curated by the Arts in Embassies program of the United States Department of State. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Bullseye Gallery, the City of Chicago Illinois, the Museum of Northwest Art, and is in private collections worldwide.