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Monday, August 24, 2015
Paul Stankard Glass Paperweights
Paul Stankard is widely considered "the father of the modern American glass paperweight."
In the early 1960s, paperweights made by other American paperweight makers showcased brightly colored crafty-type flowers that were not botanically accurate.
Stankard labored to make his glass floral designs look more natural and botanically life-like. His glass flowers were so real looking that many people mistakenly thought that he had found a way to encase actual flowers in glass. Soon thereafter, paperweight makers (mostly American) were following Stankard's lead.
Stankard, who is now an internationally acclaimed artist, is largely credited with changing the status of glass paperweights from that of craft to that of fine art. Among many other museums, Stankard's work is exhibited at The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC; the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, New York; the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and the Musée du Louvre in Paris, France; the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, England; and The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York.