New Jersey artist Paul Stankard struggled with dyslexia throughout his life. When it came time for college, young Stankard sought out his calling and found it in the seemingly obscure craft of glassblowing. Learning glassblowing techniques and practicing his skills, he created laboratory instruments for a decade.
During this time, he married, had a family and as he improved his skills, started to let his creativity come out in his work. He realized that he could create realistic sculptures within the glass. Soon, flowers, bees and tiny nature scenes sprang to life in his custom-made paper weights. And it wasn't long before people started taking notice.
These days, Stankard's works can be seen in museums across the world, including the Louvre and the Smithsonian.
You can see his work in his book Homage To Nature, as well as the images below:
Tea Rose Bouquet with Mask.
Golden Orbs Floral Cluster.
Honeybees Swarming a Floral Hive Cluster
Golden Orbs Floating in a Sphere.
Paul Stankard working:
Credit: Paul Stankard