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

Stankard, Paul J.

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ISBN 10: 0939923696 / ISBN 13: 9780939923694
Published by McDonald & Woodward Pub Co, Blacksburg, Va., 2007
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Mild wear to dustjacket and edges with light bump to top right corner and small light stain to fore edge. Jacket, cover boards and interior otherwise very clean with sound binding. SIGNED BY AUTHOR/ARTIST PAUL J. STANKARD on title page. Includes 32 color plates. 191 pgs. Clear plastic sleeve covers jacket. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001567

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Title: No Green Berries or Leaves: The Creative ...

Publisher: McDonald & Woodward Pub Co, Blacksburg, Va.

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author

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No Green Berries or Leaves is a collection of autobiographical essays by Paul J. Stankard, recognized widely as 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 creativity 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 artists 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 learning 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.

The hardcover copies of No Green Berries or Leaves offered here are the last available hardcover copies of this title -- they are parts of a limited edition that were autographed by the author, numbered individually from 1 through 300, and dated on the day of release -- 15 September 2007.

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Paul Joseph Stankard was born in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, 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 in New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and Pennsylvania 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 nearly forty years, Paul, with is wife Pat and their family, has lived and created art in Mantua, New Jersey.

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