"the narrowest hinge in my hand puts to scorn all machinery"
January 9, 2013 9:29 AM Subscribe
Paul Stankard is a virtuoso with glass
. Unlike most of his contemporaries in the studio glass movement, Stankard started as a tradesman
, a scientific glassmaker, and his work is not blown, but instead is flameworked
. He creates miniature botanicals—at first, exact representations
of existing flowers, and now, credible but imaginary plants, complete with human roots
. His work, and his day to day life, is influenced a great deal by Walt Whitman
. Stankard says, "I'm not wise enough, not educated enough to experience Whitman at his absolute fullest; I have to work at it." And he works at it through glass.