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Spring Beauty

1979 Paul Stankard Born: Attleboro, Massachusetts 1943 glass 2 3/4 x 3 1/2 in. (7 x 8.9 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Carol and Don Wiiken 1999.57.13 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 55B


Luce Center Quote

"To some, the rigidity of glass and crystal may seem contrary to the delicacy of a flower, but I believe that, in trained hands, glass is the most perfect substance for perpetuating its transient beauty." Paul Stankard

Luce Center Label

Paul Stankard often includes tiny figures entwined around the roots of his plants and flowers. These are inspired by twelfth-century woodcuttings that incorporate human forms into botanical images. Stankard writes poems to accompany his work when he feels that his ideas cannot be expressed in glass alone. He describes his process as: "Oxygen enriched propane ignites fire, splashes over glass held melting mimicking nature . . ." Paul Stankard, Habatat Galleries

Keywords

decorative arts - glass

Crafts - Glass