From the “Revisiting the Early 70's” Series” by Paul J. Stankard. This miniature paperweight features Small Purple and yellow flowers, 2 Yellow Berries, Green Leaves on a Clear Ground, 2018, 2.5″ d x 1.5″ H (approx.)
Paul states “Revisiting floral designs from the early 70’s:
My wife Pat has been insisting that I start clearing out the studio. Pat’s main concern is if anything happens to me she will have no idea what to do with all the STUFF as she calls it. I’m not planning to go bye-bye any time soon but have stepped up getting rid of unused stuff over the last 6 months. I want to please Pat but I find it emotionally difficult to wind down.
A few weeks ago, I opened a box packed with encapsulating tools from the early seventies and remembered the struggles in the beginning. It was a bitter sweet moment. While looking into the box, the thought of revisiting floral designs based on the spirit of the work from my past was very appealing.
Above are a few examples of work that brings me joy.
And so, it goes.”
Paul Stankard, Mantua, NJ
Paul Stankard is an internationally respected flamework artist. He creates natural environments in glass that challenge the viewer to move closer, rewarding them with unexpected delights. Stankard's respect for the natural world abounds, even in the simpler works from his early experimentation with botanicals.
Paul has a long standing relationship with WheatonArts. One of the founders of the Creative Glass Center of America at WheatonArts, he has served on the Board for over 20 years.
In November of 2004, “Paul Stankard:A Floating World – Forty Years of an American Master in Glass” opened at the Museum of American Glass. This retrospective exhibition originated at the New York Museum of Art and Design in the summer of 2004. WheatonArts had the pleasure of presenting this remarkable exhibition 2005
In September of 2007, Paul published his biography titled “No Green Berries or Leaves: The Creative Journey of an Artist in Glass”.
Paul's latest book titled “Studio Craft as Career: A Guide to Achieving Excellence in Art-Making” features 49 distinguished artists creating innovative works.