We had the good fortune of connecting with David Judson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking a risk is very different from being risky. I have learned over my career that risk always pays off if it furthers you along the path of your vision, it has to be rooted in a strong foundational belief. If it fails, you learn and get better and if it works you are that much closer to your own defined vision of success.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Being the fifth generation in my family to work in stained glass, I feel like I am standing on the shoulders of giants. That responsibility though, came with a weight that had to be overcome to find my own path and identity. I struggled for years to break free from, or should I say build, on that past, and once I embraced it, opportunities started to reveal themselves. Now, with the help of the great glass master Narcissus Quagliata, we have a studio that is defining the future of stained glass. By working with talented visual artists and incorporating the technique of fused glass in our creations, we believe there is a very bright future for the art of stained glass.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Starting on the west side we drive north around the Palos Verdes Peninsula ending up in one of the marinas in the South Bay, and take an afternoon sail for drinks and dinner on the water. One day we spend some time eating lunch in Thai Town, hit up some galleries on La Brea, visit the Hollyhock House, take the view in from the Griffith Park Observatory, and spend the evening at the Hollywood Bowl. Another day we go to a Dodger game, eat at Grand Central Market in Downtown and walk through the Bradbury Building. Lastly we head up to Pasadena, visit the Gamble House, hike through the Arroyo and have dinner and drinks by the pool at the Langham (Huntington) Hotel.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My father died 18 years ago and I miss him all the time. Luckily, whenever things get tough my wife is always there. So even though there are a ton of people that have helped me through out the years, those two people hold a special place in my life. And I am always reading John Ruskin.
Courtesy of Judson Studios