When sharing anecdotes, Paul J. Stankard, 75, tends to find sweetness in things. “This is a sweet story…” he’ll begin with a smile. It’s an interesting quality in a master artist who has spent a lifetime bending glass to his will using fire.
Stankard is recognized as the father of the modern glass paperweight, celebrated from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Louvre. His glasswork — self-contained botanical worlds — have a time-stopping quality. For the artist, they’re a meditation, prayer-like in the manner of the Benedictine monks.