About the Artist

Artist Statement

By blending mysticism with magical realism, I seek to express organic credibility through my botanical interpretations, crafted in glass. My objects reference the continuum of nature and celebrate on an intimate level her primal beauty. I am influenced by the poetry of Walt Whitman.
— Paul J. Stankard
 

Paul Stankard is an internationally acclaimed artist and pioneer in the studio glass movement. He is considered a living master in the art of the paperweight, and his work is represented in more than 60 museums around the world. In 1961, he enrolled in Salem County Vocational Technical Institute’s Scientific Glassblowing program (now Salem Community College). During his ten year scientific glassblowing career, he became a master of fabricating complex instruments. In 1972, Paul left industry to pursue his dream of being creative in glass fulltime.

Over his forty-year artistic journey, he has received three honorary doctorate degrees and many awards within the glass community, most recently the Masters of the Medium Award from Smithsonian's The James Renwick Alliance and Glass Art Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He is an Artist-in-Resident and Honorary Professor at Salem Community College.

Stankard divides his time between flameworking and writing.  He is the author of three books; an autobiography No Green Berries or Leaves: The Creative Journey of an Artist in Glass, an educational resource Spark the Creative Flame: Making the Journey from Craft to Art and most recently Studio Craft as Career: A Guide to Achieving Excellence in Art-making.

 

                                  Receive This Glass

                                                                                  "Receive this glass
                                                                                   it holds my memories
                                                                                   crafted blossoms
                                                                                   suspended
                                                                                   in stillness
                                                                                   to be pollinated
                                                                                   by your sight
                                                                                   anticipating
                                                                                   your touch through time." 
                                                                                                                                                                                                            - Paul J. Stankard

 

Photography Credit:
James Amos
Kayla Dawn
Ron Farina
Lauren Garcia
Theodore H. Lewis III
Gary Mattie
Douglas Schaible