Ward was born in Manhattan Beach, California and after leaving college where he
studied glassblowing in the mid-70s he worked for Correia Art Glass. In 1979 he
moved to Abelman Art Glass and in 1988 Mayauel set up his own glass studio at
his home, making lampwork paperweights.
work is recognized for its fine detail and over the years he has added floral
and aquatic-themed vases and perfume bottles to his paperweight lines. The paperweight
shown above is a collaborative piece with artist Paul Harrie. Paul does the concrete
part and Mayauel contributes the botanical paperweight, which is then encased
in concrete along with varying sized pieces from Paul's own glass creations, from
small chips to large chunks. Everything goes into a mold and is shaken to remove
any air bubbles, and after it hardens it is cut and polished to reveal the glass
parts within the piece. It also sits on a clear glass base. This paperweight is
amazing to look at from any angle and a great many paperweight collectors and
others have admired it. Mayauel and Paul have made only a few of these pieces
but do plan to make more.
Ward paperweights are held in collections in places such as Hong Kong, England
and Germany as well as the USA. Mayauel Ward Art Glass is located in Manhattan
Beach, California and collectors are welcome to visit the studio by appointment.
Contact by email at MAYAUEL@aol.com or phone