Paul J. Stankard
Paul Joseph Stankard is an internationally acclaimed artist and pioneer in the studio glass movement. He is considered a living master in the art of the paperweight, and his work is represented in more than 60 museums around the world. Stankard was born April 7, 1943. In 1961, he enrolled in Salem County Vocational Technical Institute's Scientific Glassblowing program (now Salem Community College). During his ten year scientific glassblowing career, he became a master of fabricating complex instruments. In 1972, Paul left industry to pursue his dream of being creative in glass fulltime. Over his forty-year artistic journey, he has received three honorary degrees and many awards within the glass community, most recently the Glass Art Society's Lifetime Achievement Award. For the past decade, he has divided between flameworking glass and writing, and he is the author of two books and numerous essays and articles.