Jim Brown began
collecting paperweights in 1996, and became more and more interested
in the beauty and intricacy of fine antique weights. At that stage,
his long career first in the Navy, and then as an engineer, was
not providing the creative fulfillment he desired. He left his job
in 1999, and enrolled in the glass program at Tennessee Technology
University. He attended the Corning PCA Convention in 2001 with
a small sample of millefiori weights he had made. They were well
received by convention goers and he has been making them ever since.
Jim has developed
his own skills in paperweight making and enjoys the challenges of
this difficult medium. He does not make a great many weights. His
focus early on was to emulate the antique English Bacchus weights
and later added early French weights to his repertoire. Since then
he has expanded his range to include many original designs of his
own. His cane pulls are intentionally small to afford a constantly
changing selection of murrini from which to choose. He generally
works alone and pulls all of his own cane, does his own set-ups
and all the cutting and polishing on his paperweights. This not
only appeals to his artisan sensibilities, but affords him the opportunity
to change any of the design variables at any point in the process.
own studio since 2008, he looks forward to experimenting with new
crystal formulations and many new design opportunities. With a notebook
full of new designs, he should be kept quite busy for years to come.
Jim is very grateful for the support and encouragement of his wife,
Denise; and for the faith in his work expressed by Nancy Alfano
right from his early days as a paperweight artist.
is located in Lebanon, Tennessee, and he can be contacted by email