Judy Tuwaletstiwa

An angel has a thousand heads,

each head a thousand mouths,

each mouth a thousand tongues,

each tongue a thousand songs


– from The Zohar


Judy Tuwaletstiwa was born in Los Angeles in 1941. An artist, writer and teacher, she received her BA in English Literature from UC, Berkeley in 1962, and her MAT in English Literature from Harvard University in 1963. In 2012, during an 18-month residency at the Bullseye Glass Resource Center in Santa Fe, she discovered a medium that synthesized concepts she had explored during her fifty years as a fiber artist, paper maker, painter and writer. Today, she works with kiln-fired glass on canvas.


This winter, Tuwaletstiwa completed two residencies. At Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, she worked for two weeks with master printer Valpuri Remling to create a suite of lithographs. Tuwaletstiwa and Michael Rogers collaborated for five weeks at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, exploring process deeply, inviting their materials from Bullseye and the human and physical resources of Corning to inspire and evoke their work. Tuwaletstiwa’s art is in private, public and museum collections. Special editions of her books reside in libraries such as Corning’s Rakow Research Library and Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Her third book, Glass, was released in 2016 by Radius Books.