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american style magazine: paul stankard

The cover of this month’s American Style Magazine jumped out at me as I quickly scanned a row of art magazines yesterday at the bookstore.  The image of botanical sculpture Tea Rose Botanical with Honeybee and Mask, belongs to world renowned glass artist Paul Stankard.  At first glance I was certain that some of the elements encapsulated in the glass block were real.  And that is the magic of Stankard’s work.  His ability to wrestle with realism (and win) distinguish the artist as a contemporary glass master.

Homage to Walt Whitman Cube

The images on Stankard’s website are beautiful, however I found the pictures in the article more compelling, bringing you up close and personal both to the extremely detailed work and to the master himself.

Perhaps best known for his paperweights, Paul Stankard is featured in Corning Glass Museum’s short video about paperweights, where the viewer is treated to a front row seat as the artist creates one of his intricate botanical paperweights.

joe peters: underwater life as seen through the torch

A post on Paul Stankard’s Facebook page led me to the luscious lobster below.  Flameworker Joe Peters created the sculpture during the Corning Flame-Off competition earlier this summer.

Lobster

{click the image to see the detail in this crustacean}

Coral Reef

Octopus Ink

A scuba diving hobby helped Peters develop an appreciation for underwater life – an appreciation he translates well through his torch. This young glass artist is one to watch.

Joe Peters website

margaret neher captures nature’s bounty

A comment on Paul Stankard’s Facebook page led me to glass artist Margaret Neher. When a glass master is taken aback by fruit at SOFA Chicago I can’t help but take note and hit the research trail.

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Eden’s Child, flameworked glass

The Ithaca, NY artist’s flameworked glass translates “the fragile delicacy of orchids, wildlife and everyday fruits into lasting art objects.”

Autumn Bounty


Autumn Bounty, detail

 

A nine-time NICHE Award finalist and three-time winner, Neher captures the life of nature’s bounty through her expert use of color, control over the flame and eye for detail.


Spilled Fruits


Eggplants


Pomegranate and Tangerine

Plums

“I’m drawn to the challenge of capturing realistic images in an unchanging form.” Margaret Neher

Mostly Glass represented Neher at SOFA Chicago [/private_archives]

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