Gary Beecham describes Paul Stankard’s paperweight-making process. Oral history interview with Gary Beecham by Barb Elam, conducted via telephone, April 11, 2019, Bard Graduate Center. Clip length: 00:44.
Gary Beecham: You know, he would have that metal ring around the piece. And first he’d put in frit or whatever his background was, and then he’d put in whatever figures or floral elements went in. Then he would come over with some very hot glass and dump it on top of that, and that would encapsulate the figures. Then you get another gather over it. Then you narrow it down from the punty you’ve got it on, and stick it up on the base of the paperweight, and then you have to clean up the top of it for any tool marks or anything.