Vacuum encased paperweights are sculptural objects that come from both the tradition of "off-hand" sculpting (as done by glassblowers), and lampworked sculpture.  I design each weight individually, choosing flowers and creatures based on my mood, the season, or whatever interesting new flower I have come across in one of the many reference books I keep in the studio for inspiration.

These are a few of the designs I have made in the past.  Each design is one of a kind, I make variations on designs I have done in the past, but I never make the exact same piece a second time.

In the Tropic of Dendrobates
In the Tropic of Dendrobates

3.5" Dia. An azure poison dart frog sits among clusters of pink berries and yellow tropical flowers.

The Spider and the Fly
The Spider and the Fly

3.25" Dia. A tiger metalmark butterfly lights on a draping cluster of spider flowers and a cluster of berries.

Red Vandas
Red Vandas

3.5" Dia. Two sprays of red Vanda orchids grow on a gnarled branch.

Purple Vandas
Purple Vandas

3.5" Dia. A spray of purple vanda orchids open off of a gracefully curved stem with curling leaves and delicate roots.

Harvest Bouquet
Harvest Bouquet

3.25" Dia. A circular bouquet of dried milkweed pods, leaves, and orange and white flowers.

Tiger Odontoglossums
Tiger Odontoglossums

3.25" Dia. A spray of spotted orchids cultivated on cut bamboo.