Unboxing: The Worlds of Paul Stankard
“By blending mysticism with magical realism, I work to express organic credibility through my botanical interpretations. Crafted in glass, I reference the continuum of nature and celebrate on an intimate level her primal beauty.” — Paul J. Stankard
Both flameworker and author, Paul J. Stankard is considered a living master in the art of the paperweight. Inspired by the wonders of nature and words of Walt Whitman, Stankard's botanicals are a lens into mystical worlds expressing the seasons of both nature and life. Upon examining the flowers, insects, fruit, and root people within his work, one might easily think that he somehow inserted a hairy bee or bright red raspberry into glass. But in fact, no. Through his skill, study, and artistic vision, Stankard has crafted highly sophisticated and detailed "portraits of nature" from spun filaments.

"Receive this glass
it holds my memories
crafted blossoms
in stillness
to be pollinated
by your sight
your touch through time."

- Paul J. Stankard
With works represented in over 60 museums, Stankard is considered the world's leading paperweight artist. Each one of his works is a unique expression of the spirit and beauty of the natural world. Explore Stankard's paperweights in The Signature Winter Auction, December 3rd, 2022, at 9am EST.
Signature Winter Auction
December 3rd, 2022, at 9am EST.