Janine S. Ody-Miller
Originally from Oak Park in Chicago, IL, Janine was born into art, stemming from a long line of artists. Janine and her family relocated to Lambertville, Michigan where she and her three brothers spent their childhood surrounded by woods, open fields, and horse farms. She studied Art and Art history, Interior Design and Architectural Rendering.
First affected by glass as a special medium while attending church services as a child, she observed that glass has the ability to arrest light. Particularly noticing the ability of glass to capture light as a material, rather than simply as a filter of light. Janine began working in glass at the age of 17, working with architects, liturgists, churches, synagogues, public institutions, designers and private individuals to create site-specific artwork. She has masterfully designed and crafted a broad spectrum of glass works, both secular and non-secular.
While pursuing her own fulfillment in glass art, she was awarded The Stephen Bridges Scholarship, allowing for the study of Advanced Techniques of Stained Glass Painting with Dick Millard, Antrim, NH, in 2002. Janine has also studied Modernism in Glass and Mosaic at the prestigious Fundacio Centre del Barcelona, Spain. She has won the Ohio Percent for the Arts and Art in Public Places Award competitions in 2002 and 2009.
One of her more recent designs and installations is entitled, Fan-fare, an elaborate gold glass pictorial screen etched on (15) 4' x 5' foot sheets of glass and suspended into a storyboard. Located at the newly erected Huntington Arena in downtown Toledo, Ohio, and commissioned through the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo and the Ohio Percent for the Arts.
Janine currently works in her studio, Cristallo Architectural Glass; she founded in 1991, and is an instructor at the Toledo Museum of Art.
“Currently, I have a particular interest in the Old-World traditional painted and fired glass process. This means of storytelling became a vehicle for figurative pictorial communication in the Middle Ages. I love glass art as architecture.”
Janine S. Ody -Miller