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Hand-Made: Philadelphia Stained Glass Artist Judith Schaechter

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to photograph another artist in my Hand-Made series, featuring men and women who make their living with their hands. I visited Judith Schaechter, an incredible stained glass artist at her studio in South Philadelphia. Judith took the time to walk me through her process from the concepting of the design, the additive process of combining different pieces of colored glass to achieve the desired blend, the cutting of the raw materials, and the tedious steps of shaping and creating designs within each piece to create a finished mosaic. Like many artists in my series I was particularly impressed with Judith’s ability to imagine a design and bring that design to fruition over a period of weeks and often times even months of work. That kind of determination seems to be a running theme for the artists in this series. One of the notable differences between Judith and some of the other artists I’ve photographed for this series is that the tools Judith uses in her work are remarkably simple and low-tech. There’s something especially impressive about seeing the intricate final pieces she creates and knowing that, with few exceptions, much of the work was done using tiny unassuming hand-tools.┬áJudith’s work has appeared all over the country and the world, but recently she commissioned a number of pieces for an installation at Philadelphia’s famous Eastern State Penitentiary. Much thanks to Judith for allowing me to photograph her and her work. Enjoy the pictures and when you’re finished shoot on over to my portfolio to view the rest of the artisans in the series.

  • Mark - Wonderful photographs. The directness and detail show the talent and dedication that both of you share. Glad I found your site.May 28, 2013 – 3:45 am

  • KellieAnn Reynolds - Fantastic portraits of Judith Schaechter, her work is mind-blowing. I really love the blue harpy piece, and the following photo of her in the bay window. Thank you for creating this series. Beautiful!October 29, 2013 – 7:32 pm

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