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by Paul J. Stankard

No Green Berries or Leaves is a collection of autobiographical essays by Paul J. Stankard, one of the world's master glass artists. Stankard is particularly renowned and respected for his flameworked floral motifs expressed in crystal paperweights, rectangular columns, and orbs.

Paul was trained in scientific glassblowing and worked in industrial scientific glass during most of the 1960s. Challenged by an inner sense of cretivity and the need to establish his creative independence, he started making paperweights in the early 1970s. Attracted to the emerging studio glass movement, recognized as a maker of fine paperweights, and driven by an intense and incessant pursuit of excellence, Paul was -- by the 1980s -- recognized as a highly accomplished glass artist, a member of the pioneering generation of glass art in America. As the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual dimensions of his art matured, and as he continued to develop new techniques for expressing his art, he also assumed more prominent influence in the development of educational programs and institutions that celebrated and expanded art in glass. Throughout his life, Paul also wrestled with, and learned how to succeed in spite of, a lerning disability -- dyslexia.

No Green Berries or Leaves presents the author's record of his life as a struggling, then highly successful, artist; reveals insights into the challenges he faced as a dyslexic and how he came to understand, then circumvent, his disability; and records his perspectives on the history of the studio glass movement in America as he witnessed and experienced it during the past fifty years. This book will be of value to readers interested in the life of a major American artist and the history of the glass art movement in America, as well as to those looking for an inspirational story of how, in one man, the human spirit faced, addressed, and outwitted a learning disability and climbed the steep road to success to become a master artist in glass.

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ISBN: 0939923556
ISBN13: 978-0939923557
Category: Photography
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Author: Paul J. Stankard
Language: English
Publisher: McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company; Original edition (September 15, 2007)
ePUB size: 1875 kb
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Rating: 4.1
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I'm biased in my review of this book because I have known Paul Stankard personally and studied (briefly) under him. When Bonnie Marx, glass art dealer suggested I buy and read this book, I did so at my earliest opportunity. I became very emotional as I read through Paul's own words which described his struggles as a passionate and motivated but dyslexic individual. I knew something about his career and his love of nature, but did not want to be disappointed by reading a book that fell short of my perception of Mr. Stankard's accomplishments. I was more than satisfied when I read it -- I was deeply moved.

I am enamored of true stories that transport the reader through the hero's growth process from frustration to partial success and manage to succeed with page-turning suspense to recreate his experience of artistic and technical breakthrough. I reread books like this one again and again and store them in my library where I will never lose them as a precious resource.

I did not know that Paul Stankard had suffered with dyslexia, but I do remember my experience one day in Corning, New York. During an afternoon field trip portion of one of Paul Stankard's classes in paperweight making, he took us into the small wooded area next to the Corning Museum's Studio where we searched for wildflowers. When we discovered one lovely specimen, I was able to identify its scientific name because I was also a lover of wildflowers, and Mr. Stankard seemed pleased that others enjoyed this passion also. I had never even dreamed that an artist could recreate these gems of nature inside glass with such clarity and magnificence. This book takes the reader into the world of creativity in a way that few others can do. Read it and enrich your soul.
A fine memoir by one of the world's great glass based artists. His journey to and within his artistic genius reads like how this fine man, whom I have had the pleasure of seeing and demonstrating, talks. He is, simply put, an artistic genius and one amazing and nice guy.
This was a straight through read for me. The book showed up Saturday afternoon and could not put it down until I was done. I think in the future I will be able to look back on "No Green Berries or Leaves" as an inspirational high point. I have always possessed the inner creative flame but due to many factors, all self induced, I have never perused them to the point of feeling satisfied.

Paul's descriptions of his own trials and tribulations has given me a new perspective and renewed spirit to follow the inner voice. His description of quality and following the dream has run true with me and I hope it will with you as well.

Thank you Paul for your honesty and your ability to tell your truly inspirational story.
paul's explanation of his difficulties learning are a wonderful way of explaining a common deficiency among humans, we choose to ignore. the way he worked around it is an inspiration
I enjoyed "No Green Berries or Leaves." It was fun to follow Stankard's development, and it brought back memories of my own learning process, too. I especially appreciated the author's frankness in discussing his challenges and occasional struggles along the way. In some respects I think that is the most valuable stuff to share, because it lets students know they are not alone in their struggles.
We know the author of this book so I imagine it will be enjoyable to read. It is a gift so has not been opened yet.
Paul Stankard, by all accounts one of the most recognized and successful glass artists alive today, has collected his experiences from decades of work with hot glass into a small tome of reminiscences. His memories are organized into a dozen and a half essays, loosely chronological but often overlapping, doubling back upon, and fleshing out earlier episodes. Additional materials include 32 full-color pages of photographs after the Epilogue, and an unexpected but handy Index following that. All of this is bundled within a thoughtfully-designed cover that cradles Mr. Stankard's prose in tones of green and cranberry.

While short in length (183 pages, not including the Foreword and Preface), No Green Berries or Leaves is densely packed with feeling and reflection. Despite the weight of the material, it is a quick and easy read, owing to the fact that the voice which comes through is Paul's. It resembles more a story he might share over a cup of coffee rather than a piece of print. It is this quality, coupled with the way the book is broken down into small bites of his life rather than chronological chapters, that is the underlying strength of the book. No lofty phrasing or clinical assessments are found here, just plain words written with warmth, thought, and honesty.

Paul gives more than just a standard re-telling of how he got here from there. History is interwoven with artistic philosophies, psychological states, and spiritual beliefs, resulting in a story rich with detail and meaning. He relates his youthful dreams, training, and creative yearnings that led to career changes, but also reveals personal struggles with a learning disability, anxiety, and nagging self-esteem issues, all of which culminate in the development of Paul Stankard the artist, family man, friend, mentor, and human being.

Several themes are reinforced throughout: hard work, perseverance, the importance of continually educating one's self, harmony with Nature and its Maker, and gratitude, to name a few. Paul is forthright about the difficulties he endured, but also encourages his readers that if he was able to overcome those to become the acknowledged glass master he is, others can do the same through hard work, dedication, and faith in one's abilities. He strives to be an inspiration to others just as he was mentored throughout his career. His appreciation to all of the people who played a part in his journey flows through the pages, another prominent layer to the book and the person.

For the paperweight enthusiast, this book offers a rare look into the heart of a master craftsman, delving into what originally inspired him to take up the torch to recreate those lovely handfuls of glass, what drives him to push the boundaries of the genre, and how the medium's siren call draws him ever closer into communion with its mysteries.
I found it very inspiring and informative to read about Paul Stankard's path as a glass artist, including his stuggles and triumphs. Not only was this an entertaining read, but I also relate to some of the tribulations Paul has faced along his path and I really connect with his love for nature. As a glass artist myself, I find it comforting to see that with perseverance, one can find the right path and eventually be successful doing what one loves to do. Thank you Paul for sharing so deeply and honestly of your experiences.