After Paul Stankard battled with undiagnosed dyslexia in his youth, he struggled to find his life’s calling.
It wasn’t until college that he discovered scientific glass blowing, which is the manual process of creating scientific instruments out of glass.
For 10 years Stankard worked on making industrial glass, but it was while experimenting with glass in his garage that he finally found his passion in life: paperweights.
Since finding his calling, Stankard has become a pioneer in the studio glass movement.
His paperweights celebrate the primal beauty of nature on a more intimate level.
Stankard says each piece integrates mysticism with botanical realism, giving the glass “organic credibility.”
And today, his work can be found in more than 60 museums worldwide, including the Smithsonian, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and even the Louvre.