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

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

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

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 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, widely known 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 has 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 ofthe 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780939923557
Publisher: McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company, The
Publication date: 06/28/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 189
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword     ix
Preface     xvii
I Have Two Names     1
Learning Scientific Glassblowing     9
My Small Bite of the Big Apple     25
The Dream of Being Creative     37
Beginning in the Utility Room     49
The Patron Saint of a Struggling Artist     61
Learning about Kitsch     67
The Studio Glass Movement     73
Meeting Littleton     81
Continuing Education     97
From Wheaton Village to WheatonArts     113
Penland School of Crafts     125
Back to Salem     145
Living Amidst a Personal Collection     151
The Twenty-First Century     155
Poetry in Glass     159
It All Came Together     173
Epilogue     181
Index     185
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