1940 to Today
Date of Birth10/22/1949
Judy Jensen majored in printmaking and sculpture at Tyler School of Art in Elkins Park and Rome, Italy where she also studied pottery, painting, jewelry making, drawing and anatomy. She transferred to Antioch College in her senior year and graduated in 1970. She set up and ran a crafts program at the State University of New York at Old Westbury on Long Island where she taught pottery, photography, weaving, stained glass (she had previously completed an apprenticeship with stained glass artist Marco Zubar in Philadelphia), and what she referred to as "small crafts" - creative endeavors which students could learn in less than a semester.
She moved to Vermont in 1972 to live on land her parents purchased in 1947. The following year she began teaching art in the Rochester schools, which she did for three years. In Rochester she met her future husband, David Segal. She moved onto David's farm in 1975, and their son Sam was born the following year and daughter Jeanna was born six years later. Judy maintained studios at the farm while teaching and selling her paintings and pottery in galleries; eight years at Frog Hollow in Middlebury, then at Northwinds Gallery and Gallery Two in Woodstock. She also had solo shows of her paintings at Moon Brook Gallery in Rutland and at Wood's Restaurant in Middlebury. In 1997, she moved her pottery studio into the center of the Town of Rochester and established the gallery and working studio where she continues to teach and work.
In 2001 Judy purchased a building across the street from her studio, and renovated it into what has become Sandy's Books and Bakery, covering the walls and floor with faux finishes and paintings of birds and trees.
She has also worked with Rochester's local theater group, the White River Valley Players, as Production Designer of many of the musicals and other shows, designing and constructing sets and hundreds of costumes.
In 2006, Judy was asked by the Vermont Historical Society to create the Vermont History EXPO poster for that year: she derived inspiration from her hometown of Rochester. Judy continues to work in many media, including the dramatic black-and-white scratchboard drawings she has used for cards and her Year in the Country Calendar, stoneware and porcelain pottery, elaborate chess sets and garden sculpture, figure drawing and painting, and recent work in Nuno felt- a process akin to painting on silk with colored wool. Her work can be seen at her Rochester gallery, the J. Jensen Clay Studio.
Organizations or Movements
- Board of Trustees, Rochester Public Library
- White River Valley Players