Featured Artist Archive > January, 2012
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Poore is a very different kind of paperweight artist. His specialty is the restoration
of damaged antique and contemporary paperweights. Ed is also responsible for creating
many of the unique cutting designs we see on some of the finest contemporary paperweights
today including the Banford basket cut weights, David Graeber heart weights, John
Gooderham miniature paperweight buttons, and many other pieces from other well
known contemporary paperweight makers. The paperweight shown here (above left)
is David Graeber's "Oval Basket with Chrysanthemums" with cutting by Ed Poore.
Ed Poore began
his career in paperweights in 1971 as a glass cutter for the Pairpoint Glass Company
in Massachusetts. During his early years at Pairpoint, Ed developed a fascination
with the weights made at the factory and collected them for years before discovering
there were such things as antique paperweights. That discovery opened up a whole
new world for him.
was taught his skills in glass cutting and restoration by Carl Otto Schweidenbach
who had been formally trained in glass cutting back in the mid teens of the twentieth
century at the old Pairpoint Glass Co. in New Bedford Massachusetts. Carl took
Ed under his wing and taught him all he could. This unique opportunity to learn
and carry on with old world cutting skills that Carl passed on allowed Ed to direct
his cutting and polishing skills to paperweight restoration. It was a struggle
at first given that each damaged paperweight dictates its own restoration process
due to size, shape, amount of damage, and re-cutting that would be required to
bring it back to its original beauty. Many years were spent refining and developing
these techniques. The end results of all the research, trial and error, and breakthroughs
in technique resulted in the successful restoration of thousands of paperweights
over the last forty years. Many of the sparkling beauties we now see in collections
and museums were restored by Ed's skilful handiwork.
working with Carl for nearly ten years, Ed opened his own studio appropriately
named The Crystal Workshop. In his new studio Ed spent a great amount of time
restoring all sorts of antique glass. He also created small sculptural pieces
of his own design and offered glass engraving in the way of original work as well
as reproductions of antique patterns.
son James joined him in the business first as a trainee and later as a fully skilled
glass cutter. Several years ago Ed was invited to give a six day course on glass
engraving in "the Studio" at the Corning Museum of Glass. His son James came with
him as the designated teaching assistant and it was a unique experience which
neither of them will ever forget. Ed and James were also invited by the Sandwich
glass Museum to hold a Father and Son glass show where the two artists highlighted
their work in glass sculpture and engraving. This was an especially proud moment
for Ed to have joined his son in such an event and such a successful show.
in his sixties, Ed still carries on working in his studio although his pace is
just a little slower these days. He likes to take leisurely rides on his Harley
Davidson and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren. His son James continues
the family tradition of the finest possible glass cutting and restoration work
at The Crystal Workshop.
of Ed's biggest thrills in life is seeing the look on a collector's face when
he returns their paperweight back to them in pristine condition after a restoration.
That moment puts a big smile on both of their faces. The Crystal Workshop is located
in Sagamore, Massachusetts and you can read more about their work on the website
Ed is always pleased to meet paperweight collectors and you can contact him on
The picture below
shows a paperweight restored by Ed (left), and the state it was in beforehand (right).