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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Stained Glass Artist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Onyx Black
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Never Give Up.

Birthplace

Born:
1/18/1947
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Stained Glass Artist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Onyx Black
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Never Give Up.

Birthplace

Born:
1/18/1947
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Artisan Jack Hampton was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 18, 1947. Early on, he proved himself to be a good student in math and sciences, and after graduating from Englewood High School in 1964, Hampton enrolled in the Chicago Technical College, where he studied drafting and architectural sciences. He later transferred and earned his B.S. in architectural engineering and design from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Hampton joined the United States Army in 1968, where he was a public information officer and an armorer. After his honorable discharge, he stayed in Europe and traveled for a short time before returning to his hometown of Chicago. After his return home, Hampton was hired by Sears Roebuck & Company as a salesman, where he remained until 1974. That year, he was named executive vice president of sales and marketing for Montgomery Wards, a position he kept for the next ten years.

While in Germany in 1970, Hampton worked briefly at Scholmyer Glass Company, and did work in Switzerland, France and the United Kingdom, as well. Hampton has continued with his stained glass creations, and in 1985 he put himself full-time into his artistic endeavors and his company, A to Z Stained Glass. To date, Hampton has created more than 10,000 original pieces, and has repaired countless more. His works can be seen in more than fifty churches throughout Europe and the United States, as well as in private collections.

Hampton was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 21, 2004.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Jack Hampton's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Jack Hampton lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jack Hampton talks about his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jack Hampton talks about his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jack Hampton describes his father's salesmanship as an antique vendor in the City of Chicago's Maxwell Street Market
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jack Hampton describes his mother's occupations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jack Hampton describes his earliest memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jack Hampton describes living in the Altgeld Gardens Homes as a child during the 1950s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jack Hampton describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Jack Hampton describes his experience at Jesse Sherwood Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Jack Hampton describes working and exploring the city of Chicago, Illinois as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jack Hampton remembers a childhood adventure in Washington Park in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jack Hampton talks about exploring downtown Chicago, Illinois as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jack Hampton describes his father's contribution to the invention of Chicago's Maxwell Street polish stands, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jack Hampton describes his father's contribution to the invention of Chicago's Maxwell Street Polish stands, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jack Hampton describes his experience at Jesse Sherwood Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jack Hampton describes Chicago, Illinois' Englewood community where he attended Englewood High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jack Hampton remembers taking his siblings to church on Sundays
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jack Hampton describes his experience in an architectural drafting class
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Jack Hampton describes joining the Reserve Officers' Training Corps in 1962
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jack Hampton talks about learning martial arts as a high school student
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jack Hampton talks about how he met his wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jack Hampton talks about his life after graduating from high school in 1965
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jack Hampton, talks about working as a detective for the William J. Burns Detective Agency, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jack Hampton talks about working as a detective for the William J. Burns Detective Agency, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jack Hampton describes being drafted into the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jack Hampton describes the U.S. military's response to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in 1968
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jack Hampton describes how he avoided the Vietnam War, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Jack Hampton describes how he avoided the Vietnam War, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jack Hampton describes his military experience in Germany
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jack Hampton describes learning to repair stained glass windows
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jack Hampton describes working for Sears, Roebuck & Company after leaving the military, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jack Hampton describes working for Sears, Roebuck & Company after leaving the military, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jack Hampton describes leaving Sears, Roebuck & Company for Montgomery Ward
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jack Hampton talks about his decision to leave the retail industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jack Hampton describes the Maxwell Street market in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Jack Hampton describes the beginning of his company, Tires Plus
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Jack Hampton describes working on the Cook County Sheriff Riot Squad, pt.1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jack Hampton describes working on the Cook County Sheriff Riot Squad, pt.2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Jack Hampton talks about earning a food sanitation license
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jack Hampton describes working as a part-time deputy sheriff in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jack Hampton talks about his wife, with whom he developed a rape prevention program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jack Hampton describes his entry into the stained glass business, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jack Hampton describes his entry into the stained glass business, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Jack Hampton describes his difficulty obtaining a business loan in the 1980s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Jack Hampton talks about obtaining a business loan after an interview by the Chicago Tribune
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Jack Hampton talks about the stained glass market in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Jack Hampton talks about his uncle who owned a stained glass shop in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Jack Hampton describes the process of making stained glass
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Jack Hampton describes advanced stained glass window techniques
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Jack Hampton talks about the history of stained glass craftsmanship and his favorite projects
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Jack Hampton talks about his recent and prospective glasswork projects
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Jack Hampton talks about his three children
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Jack Hampton describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Jack Hampton considers what he would have done differently in his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Jack Hampton reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Jack Hampton shares his advice for aspiring stained glass artists
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Jack Hampton talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Jack Hampton narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Jack Hampton narrates his photographs, pt. 2