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Flameworked Flowers and Insects

January 8, 2008

A portfolio


I am interested in blending mysticism together with magical realism to suggest organic credibility. I celebrate nature’s continuum and her primal sanity in glass, hoping to share these feelings with the viewer. The poetry of Walt Whitman and the literature of James Joyce inform my art work.


Rose Bouquet
Rose Bouquet Orb with Figures and Damselfly, 2007, D. 5.5 inches


Morning Glory
Morning Glory Bouquet Orb with Blueberries and Honeybees, 2007, D. 3.5 inches


Swarming Honeybee Orb, 2006, D. 5.0 inches


Rose Mask
Tea Rose Bouquet Botanical with Mask, 2004, H. 5.5 inches


Tea Rose Botanical with Damselfly, 2004, H. 5.0″ x L. 2 1/4″ x W. 2 1/4″

by Paul J. Stankard

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  1. Christina Pacosz
    January 8, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Amazing artwork. Takes the humble snowglobe to a whole new level. But are those once living honeybees? These creatures are in SUCH trouble – and hence all of us – that I am hoping that living specimens were not used.

  2. January 8, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Don’t worry — it’s all glass. See the description of Stankard’s techniques on his website. An excerpt:

    Flameworking, or lampworking, is melting manufactured glasses using a gas oxygen torch. The glass is manipulated in the flame with various hand tools. Paul flameworks colored glasses, taking advantage of its ability to give detail and delicacy to his work. The work is then encapsulated in clear glass to capture Stankard’s vision.

  3. January 8, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Paul Stankard’s biographical note (and others) and links will be up tomorrow, so you can read a bit about him then.

  4. January 8, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    These are stunning!
    i will be eager to visit the link when it is up…and to travel to see one of these works in person, with my own eyes if possible.

  5. Christina Pacosz
    January 9, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Even more amazing then that everything appearing to be “inside” the glass is actually a simulacrum of the real creature/thing, etc. That takes a steady hand and an extremely careful eye. Not to mention the artistry involved!

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