No Green Berries or Leaves: The Creative Journey of an Artist in Glass

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No Green Berries or Leaves is a collection of autobiographical essays by Paul J. Stankard, one of the world's master glass artists. Stankard is particularly renowned and respected for his flameworked floral motifs expressed in crystal paperweights, rectangular columns, and orbs.

Paul was trained in scientific glassblowing and worked in industrial scientific glass during most of the 1960s. Challenged by an inner sense of cretivity and the need to establish his creative independence, he started making paperweights in the early 1970s. Attracted to the emerging studio glass movement, recognized as a maker of fine paperweights, and driven by an intense and incessant pursuit of excellence, Paul was -- by the 1980s -- recognized as a highly accomplished glass artist, a member of the pioneering generation of glass art in America. As the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual dimensions of his art matured, and as he continued to develop new techniques for expressing his art, he also assumed more prominent influence in the development of educational programs and institutions that celebrated and expanded art in glass. Throughout his life, Paul also wrestled with, and learned how to succeed in spite of, a lerning disability -- dyslexia.

No Green Berries or Leaves presents the author's record of 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, in one man, the human spirit faced, addressed, and outwitted a learning disability and climbed the steep road to success to become a master artist in glass.

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Paul Joseph Stankard was born in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, in 1943 and, during his teens, moved with his family to Wenonah, New Jersey. He graduated from Pitman High School in Pitman, New Jersey, and Salem County Vocational Technical Institute in Salem, New Jersey, and then worked for a number of firms in the scientific glass field until he went into full-time paperweight-making in the early 1970s. He soon became an established and accepted artist in glass, and today is recognized throughout the world for the quality and beauty of his intricately detailed objects of nature -- especially floral assemblages -- that are expressed in glass. Paul also regularly participates in programs at such iconic centers of glass-art education as WheatonArts, Salem Community College, Penland School of Crafts, and the Corning Museum of Glass. For more than forty years, Paul, with his wife Pat and their family, has lived and created art in Mantua, New Jersey.

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Paul is the greatest and most interesting paperweight maker that has ever lived. His book is a fascinating achievement. --Dale Chihuly, Chihuly Studio, Seattle, WA

Paul Stankard tells a spirited and personal story of achievement with the grace and humility of one who treasurers life and values learning. Stankard's passionate journey in glass and his life as an artist and educator is beautifully told. --Jean W. McLaughlin, Director, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

Paul Stankard has long been acknowledged as the master flameworker in America; who knew that he could write, too? The spiritual core at the center of his life and his art shines through on every page. --Ulysses Grant Dietz, The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ

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