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About the Artist

Paul Stankard, of Mantua, New Jersey, is perhaps the most prolific and accomplished glass artist working today. His skills have developed over more than thirty years working in glass, drawing heavily on ten years of industrial experience.

Stankardís early work features botanically accurate glass flowers focusing on detail, exact coloration, and the life cycle of the plant. He has a love of wildflowers and many of his creations have intricate root systems that are detailed with as much care as the colorful blooms above the ground. The Ware Collection of Blaschka glass plant models on display at the Peabody Botanical Museum at Harvard University was a major early influence on Stankard and heightened his interest in creating glass flowers.

Throughout his career, Stankard has continued to challenge the limits of glass as an art form. He has conducted many studies, experimenting with color and composition, to achieve his own personal interpretation of nature. In 1982 he developed his botanical series. These rectangular block-shaped sculptures served allowed him to more fully express his passion for nature in glass. Inside they reveal delicate, finely crafted flowers as well as the hidden beauties of the plantís bulbs and root structures. In 1998, Stankard introduced his Assemblage series. These large laminated sculptures allow the artist to capture the cycles of nature in multiple scenes.

During his career, Stankard has explored the limits of glass as an artistic medium. His extensive background in glass technology and his curiosity and drive as an artist have led him to create some of the finest and most original work being done in glass today. His works are represented in major private and public museum collections around the world.

Stankardís work has been the subject of numerous books, including most recently Paul J. Stankard: Homage to Nature, by Ulysses Grant Dietz decorative arts curator of The Newark Museum in New Jersey. Paul Stankard is currently on the faculty of the Pilchuck School of Glass in Washington, and Penland School of Craft in North Carolina, where he works to imbue young artists with his passion for glass.

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