was always drawn to art from an early age, whether it was drawing
cartoons or creating things out of wood. He obtained a Fine Arts
degree from Camden County College in 1986. For the next three years,
he worked as an apprentice to local artist Professor George C. Vail,
who helped David to refine his artistic skills and develop high
personal standards and professionalism. In 1989, David met master
glass artist Paul Stankard and became his assistant. For over twenty
years, he has assisted Paul Stankard while also developing and refining
his own creative glass skills. Today he is an independent glass
artist in his own right, making superbly realistic paperweights
based on nature.
David has a
deep love of nature which is expressed in the intricate details
of his paperweights — in the leaves, the petals, and especially
in the texture of his most recent design of strawberries. He has
the skill to capture nature frozen for eternity in a paperweight.
His beautiful floral paperweights are as accurate as David can make
them — and that is very accurate indeed. A seeker after new
techniques and designs, David is motivated by his enthusiasm for
new ideas waiting to be discovered. Paul Stankard speaks very highly
of David and his paperweights — "I value his skilled
virtuosity and dedication" — and they still work together
some of the time at Stankard Studios in Mantua, New Jersey.
shown here is David's "Oval Basket Cut with Chrysanthemum." The
chrysanthemum is his latest design and was inspired by Renoir's
paintings in the Philadelphia Art Museum. Multiple layering of petals
helped David achieve the detailed realism of a chrysanthemum; and
he collaborated with Ed Poore, from Sandwich, Massachusetts, for
the beautiful cut basket design.
are found in private collections around the world and are regularly
shown in exhibitions of contemporary paperweights. These events
are listed on his website at http://www.davidgraeber.com,
and you can contact David by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.