A glass artist from New Jersey, Paul Stankard, is one of the most popular names in the glass paperweights industry. He is known for his creation of wonderful translucent orbs that show the nature around. While most of them have no idea about the art, paperweights are getting in trend again due to these arts. He is an expert in the movement of studio glass and hence, is able to create such wonderful paperweights.
A dyslexic student during his school days, he developed a passion for glass blowing and then went on to pursue a career in the same field. He initially worked from his garage and made sufficient living income out of his glass paperweight creation.
He brought in the concepts of nature such as flowers, leaves, vines, bees etc. and this got him into the limelight. Paperweights created by Stankard are now put for public display in over 60 museums from all over the world.
You can see much more of his work on his website, at the Corning Museum of Glass, and in his book, Homage to Nature.