As a child,
Stefan Bracht held a passion for the beauty in his collection of
glass marbles and was fascinated by the tiny fauna and flora he
could watch in and around ponds, like dragon flies, lizards, snakes,
flies, bees and bugs. Later he encased dried flora and insects in
acrylic resin as a first simple technique to capturing their beauty.
In 1998 he saw
for the first time Paul Stankard's work in a Boston Art Gallery
and at once he bought Paul's book "Homage to Nature". He was amazed
by Paul's artwork, which he would never have believed to be feasible
in glass, and at that time, he had no idea how all this could be
achieved. However, he felt strongly that glass paperweights would
be the perfect medium for his own artwork.
other publications on glass making, he decided to build his own
one-man, paperweight studio. Two years later, he had finished installing
the equipment and had developed his own customized vacuum techniques
which could be performed in the very limited space of his home-based
He began offering
his work to collectors through the German dealer, farfalla-Paperweights.
As the first German paperweight artist in a long time, his work
was well received. Stefan focuses on creating miniature worlds in
his paperweights, with flowers and leaves and pond life which so
fascinated him as a child. The paperweight above shows a blue dragonfly
visiting a collection of wild flowers.