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About 1000 meters up in the Sierra de Gador mountains lives an artisan. He is an old school blacksmith/welder and glassblower. We met him around two years ago when we were showing a couple a property for sale. His metalworking skills were exemplary but what caught our eyes were his stunning paperweights. We bought a couple and have continued purchasing whenever we are nearby.

If you have any to share or want to post handmade items, please show them here.

The first ones we bought. More to come

 

 

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I'll post photos of a few favorites in my collection.

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Lizard by Victor Trabucco, 4.0 in. dia., Buffalo, NY.                        Lizard, St. Louis Factory, Paris, France; 1980, 3.25 in. dia.

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Paul Stankard, 3 views; 3.25 in. dia., 2001. "Death & decay brings forth life".

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Paul Stankard, Water lilies & earth spirits on the underside, 3.0 in. dia., 1984.

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John Deacons, Scotland, 3.0 in. dia., 2008. Double overlay paperweight with Millefiori mushroom bouquet.

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Mike Hunter, scrambled paperweight with murrine portrait canes of Marilyn Monroe & Liz Taylor, 2.75 in. dia., 2017.

 

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2 hours ago, Al Kowsky said:

I'll post photos of a few favorites in my collection.

1145114313_2Lizardweights.jpg.6816f869badd7da872818db4491ef549.jpg

Lizard by Victor Trabucco, 4.0 in. dia., Buffalo, NY.                        Lizard, St. Louis Factory, Paris, France; 1980, 3.25 in. dia.

650755004_Stankardpaperweight3views.jpg.c131b79ce5770a9c099437beb71e9284.jpg

Paul Stankard, 3 views; 3.25 in. dia., 2001. "Death & decay brings forth life".

932285753_P.Stankardwaterlillies.jpg.970a4beee8fd8987225c246a2c14ee5a.jpg

Paul Stankard, Water lilies & earth spirits on the underside, 3.0 in. dia., 1984.

IMG_1362.JPG.9597e2f8e6d4a500a492fb3915b55d5c.JPG

John Deacons, Scotland, 3.0 in. dia., 2008. Double overlay paperweight with Millefiori mushroom bouquet.

840814077_TomHunterweight2views.jpg.b3eae1aef0ca2effd336ff0d171c3317.jpg

Mike Hunter, scrambled paperweight with murrine portrait canes of Marilyn Monroe & Liz Taylor, 2.75 in. dia., 2017.

 

Wow, a great selection. Thanks for sharing.

As far as I know ours were created by the same person, but he said he often takes inspiration from others in the field and modifies to his own capabilities.. We were even invited to observe him at work. Fascinating, I think you need a tolerance for heat and a healthy set of lungs.

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2 hours ago, expat said:

Wow, a great selection. Thanks for sharing.

As far as I know ours were created by the same person, but he said he often takes inspiration from others in the field and modifies to his own capabilities.. We were even invited to observe him at work. Fascinating, I think you need a tolerance for heat and a healthy set of lungs.

expat, Thanks ☺️! I've been an art glass enthusiast for a long time & still have a small collection of antique & modern art glass. Glass paperweights represent the epitome of glass art & became popular in the mid 19th century. The French glass makers made the finest antique paperweights. The most famous antique glass paperweight is in the Corning Museum of Glass & was made by the Pantin Glass Works in the 1870s, it depicts a finely crafted salamander & is insured for several million dollars.

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17 minutes ago, Al Kowsky said:

expat, Thanks ☺️! I've been an art glass enthusiast for a long time & still have a small collection of antique & modern art glass. Glass paperweights represent the epitome of glass art & became popular in the mid 19th century. The French glass makers made the finest antique paperweights. The most famous antique glass paperweight is in the Corning Museum of Glass & was made by the Pantin Glass Works in the 1870s, it depicts a finely crafted salamander & is insured for several million dollars.

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That is stunning. Craftmanship at its finest

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