“In the little-known, long-forgotten Northeast LA enclave of Garvanza – once a thriving community along the Arroyo Seco, named after the garbanzo bean plants that used to flourish there – you’ll find Judson Studios, where its master craftsmen have actively cut, painted, and assembled glass since 1920.

You could say that the historic studio — the oldest family-run art glass company in the country —  is keeping the medieval art of stained glass alive and well. After all, those techniques haven’t changed much since the 12th century, but few people know the ins-and-outs of the craft anymore.

But while that would be true of Judson Studios, which was at the forefront of the California Arts & Crafts movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, we’re now a few years into the 21st century — and that’s no longer the entire story.”


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