Books

 

Studio Craft as Career: A Guide to Achieving Excellence in Art-Making
by Paul Stankard

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.

 


Spark the Creative Flame
by Paul Stankard

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 flame worked 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.


No Green Berries or Leaves
by Paul Stankard

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.

This book will be of value to readers interested in the life of a major American artist and the history of the glass art movement in America, as well as to those looking for an inspirational story of how one man faced, addressed, and outwitted a learning disability and climbed the steep road to success to become a master artist in glass.


Beauty Beyond Nature: The Glass Art of Paul Stankard
by Timothy Close, Robert Minkoff, Andrew Page, and William Warmus

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.


Paul J. Stankard: Homage to Nature
by Ulysses Grant Dietz 

With 180 of his works illustrated in color, as well as, photographs showing the preparation and assembly of the pieces. This is a study of the glass art of Paul J. Stankard, who is known especially for his paperweights. Stankard paperweights are all unique; encasing roses, lilacs, orchids, and fantasy flowers created from spun filaments. There are also bees and damselflies, glistening raspberries, and root people - tawny colored creatures made to resemble living plant roots. Even more complex are Stankard's Botanicals - upright cloistered glass forms, often displayed in diptych and triptych formations.