Magnificence Past Nature: Beautiful Inventive Glass Paperweights

Magnificence Past Nature: Beautiful Inventive Glass Paperweights

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Honeybees Swarming a Floral Hive Cluster. Picture by Ron Farina.

Although it could appear implausible, these translucent orbs bursting with exercise and life are made fully from glass by New Jersey-primarily based artist Paul Stankard, largely thought of to be the daddy of recent glass paperweights. Whereas many will discover his work immediately recognizable, when you’re like me, you might need been unaware that trendy glass paperweights existed. Stankard is a pioneer within the studio glass motion and his strategies have helped change the course of creative glass for the previous couple of many years.

After battling undiagnosed dyslexia for his whole youth (at one time graduating the underside of his class), Stankard struggled drastically to determine his life’s calling. Whereas in school he found scientific glass blowing, the guide course of of making scientific devices out of glass to be used in laboratories. He was immediately hooked and for 10 years labored with industrial glass. Ultimately the strain of a rising household at house result in an experiment with the creation of glass paperweights in his storage to complement his earnings.

When Stankard out of the blue directed a decade of commercial glassworking methods into the interpretation of flowers, bees, vines, and leaves encased in glass, it wasn’t lengthy earlier than an artwork supplier found his work and he started to create artwork full-time. His items now seem in over 60 museums all over the world together with the Smithsonian, the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork, and the Louvre.

You may see far more of his work on his web site, on the Corning Museum of Glass, and in his ebook, Homage to Nature.

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Tea Rose Bouquet with Masks. Picture by Douglas Schaible.

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Golden Orbs Floating in a Sphere. Picture by Ron Farina.

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