Books by Paul J. Stankard

Studio Craft as Career: A Guide To Excellence in Art-making

This unusual two-section resource directs creative people toward their personal best. Internationally renowned artist Paul Stankard provides a practical, personal guide outlining his philosophy based on self-directed learning. First, by referencing his own career path, he offers readers what he yearned for during his 45-year journey toward international acclaim: a practical, intimate guide showing how successful artists achieve excellence in their work. Next, he introduces a cross-section of 50 masters who are respected by experts on the American craft landscape. Stankard walks you through a selection of 150 top works from these artists, each of whom also offers candid advice. With this guide, learn to compete with the best from the past and the present as you pursue a personal journey in the studio, or consider a career in the arts. This book promotes self-directed learning, and is destined to be a classic.


Studio Craft as Career: A Guide to Excellence in Art-making

Size: 7″ x 10″ | 242 color images | 208 pp
ISBN13: 9780764352522 | Binding: soft cover

Spark the Creative Flame is a resource that strives to inform, inspire, and motivate all who work in craft, whatever the medium, and wish to improve the creative expression of their work, whether via college-level or other formal art and craft programs or self-directed learning.

While the book features flameworked glass and a selection of the leading artisans who do this work, the insights and recommendations presented herein transcend material and speak to broader issues relevant to all creative craftspeople.

Spark the Creative Flame: Making the Journey from Craft to Art — available in softcover (ISBN 978-1-935778-24-4) at $37.95 and hardcover (ISBN 978-1-935778-23-0) at $49.95 

No Green Berries or Leaves is a collection of autobiographical essays through which the author presents his life as a struggling, then highly successful, artist; reveals insights into the challenges he faced as a dyslexic and how he came to understand, then circumvent, his disability; and records his perspectives on the history of the studio glass movement in America as he witnessed and experienced it during the past fifty years.

No Green Berries or Leaves: The Creative Journey of an Artist in Glass — available in softcover (ISBN 978-0-939923-55-7) at $29.95 and, in limited quantity, hardcover (978-0-939923-69-4) at $54.95.

About Paul J. Stankard

Beauty Beyond Nature: The Glass Art of Paul Stankard

Lavishly produced and featuring more than 120 images, Beauty Beyond Nature offers a new way of understanding the accomplishments of a true American master and his development from his earliest attempts at capturing a daisy in glass in 1969 to his glorious 2010 orb encasing a honeybee swarm. Stankard's finely wrought organic detail is illuminated through never-before-seen high-resolution photographs enlarged and printed with the highest production values to create a unique book that is itself a work of art. A major essay by noted art critic William Warmus examines Stankard's career, his place in the art world, and how he has become a master at distilling the essence of organic form through refined compositions of color, symbolism, and atmosphere. An in-depth interview with the artist by GLASS magazine editor Andrew Page offers new insights into Stankard’s life and career. In words and images, Beauty Beyond Nature reveals Stankard's work as powerful touchstones that connect us to the potency of the natural world and remind us of what it means to be alive.

Beauty Beyond Nature: The Glass Art of Paul Stankard

Paul J. Stankard: Homage to Nature
Hardcover  September 1, 1996, by Ulysses Grant Dietz (Author), John Bigelow Taylor (Photographer)

Paul J. Stankard: Homage to Nature