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Paperweight by Clinton Smith
Clinton Smith
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Clinton Smith grew up in Litchfield County, Connecticut, and became interested in glass at an early age. In 1999 (when he was 19), he visited Tim Bristow's glass studio in Webatuck Craft Village, Wingdale, New York, and was delighted to be offered an apprenticeship to work and study under Tim for two years. After this apprenticeship, Clinton worked in a number of glass studios, including Arnold Larson's studio in Poughquag and Gilmore Glass in Millerton, NY. In 2003, he was hired as full-time gaffer at Gartner Blade Hot Glass Studio in Ashley Falls, MA., and has enjoyed working for them ever since.

Throughout his career, Clinton has experimented with making his own glass art. He taught himself lampworking and tried various lampworking techniques, finding the results beautiful but quite fragile. He was especially inspired by nature and loves to create in glass the flora and fauna of the beautiful Berkshire countryside. The process of encasing delicate lampworked pieces in clear crystal glass to create a paperweight fascinated him, and Clinton became a successful paperweight specialist through trial, error and perseverance.

Today he is well-established as a paperweight artist, creating incredibly detailed paperweights, often inspired by the flowers and creatures in his own yard at home. On two occasions, he has assisted master paperweight artist Paul Stankard in live demonstrations. His commissioned work can be found in public venues as well as private collections, and you can see more of his work on his website

His wife, Katie, is a middle school art teacher and a professional photographer, so they share a two story glass/photo studio on their property. Friends since high school days in the mid 90's, Katie and Clinton married in 2008 and bought their first home in 2010. Besides his passion for glass, Clinton is an avid outdoor man and enjoys fishing, archery, and hiking. Collectors can contact him by email at

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