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.
A tiger metalmark butterfly lights on a draping cluster of spider flowers and a cluster of berries.
A spray of purple vanda orchids open off of a gracefully curved stem with curling leaves and delicate roots.