Lampworked Glass Botanical Paperweight by Paul J. Stankard

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Large botanical orb by Paul Stankard

This piece is estimated to be approximately from 2005. It is a large, beautiful example of work by Paul Stankard and not a common floral theme of his. Embedded within is his signature cane, "P Stankard" in script.

Paul Joseph Stankard, considered the father of modern glass paperweights, was born April 7, 1943 as the second of nine children in an Irish Catholic family. He lived in North Attleboro, Massachusetts in his early years. He graduated from Salem Vocational Technical Institute (now Salem Community College) in Salem, New Jersey with a degree in Scientific Glassblowing. For the first ten years of his work career, he worked as a glassblower making scientific instruments for various chemical laboratories.

Stankard, whose driving desire was to "be on the creative side", started producing glass paperweights in his garage while working in industry to support his growing family. It was when Stankard displayed his early paperweights at a craft exhibit on the boardwalk of Atlantic City, NJ, that Reese Palley, an internationally respected art dealer, saw his work and sponsored Stankard financially to move full time into making glass art.

In the early 1960s, paperweights made by other American paperweight makers showcased brightly colored "crafty" type flowers that were not botanically accurate. Stankard labored to make his glass floral designs look more natural and botanically life-like. His glass flowers were so real looking that many people mistakenly thought that he had found a way to encase actual flowers in glass. Soon thereafter, paperweight makers (mostly American) were following Stankard's lead.

Stankard, who is now an internationally acclaimed artist, is largely credited with changing the status of glass paperweights from that of “craft” to that of “fine art”. Among many other museums, Stankard's work is exhibited at The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC; the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, New York; the Mus�e des Arts D�coratifs and the Mus�e du Louvre in Paris, France; the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, England; and The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York.

Biographical information from Wikipedia.

Paul is assisted in the studio by David Graeber and his three daughters: Katherine Stankard Campbell, Christine Stankard Kressley and Pauline Stankard Iacovino.

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