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.
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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.