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2013 Niche Awards, Philly & NYC

This past October, I found out that I was a finalist for a 2013 Niche award. The winners were chosen from the finalists and awarded this past weekend at the Buyer's Market of American Craft at the Convention Center in Philly. When our baby came this past December, we didn't know if we would be able to make the trip to Philly, but it turned out that Charlie's grandparents were eager to babysit for the weekend, so we could see if I won. Plus, we were looking forward to spending some time just the two of us for Valentine's Day weekend. We turned the weekend to a mini vacation, although short, it was jammed pack of art at the Buyer's Market of American Craft, friends, food at the Reading Terminal Market, fondue, Italian food, 2 metro north trains, 2 amtrak trains, New York pizza, a micro-brewery, a hockey themed bar, some awesome Indian food at Bombay Palace in New York, billiards, a Broadway show, 2 hotels, lots of strange and fun staff at Ripley's and Times Square and the shortest cab ride ever.
My Submission, Yellow and Orange Late Berkshire Summer

The Niche Awards!
The finalists in the lampworked category

I am the winner!
Accepting the award from Merle Honey Porter of The Rosen Group

Speech! Speech! And why not? How honored I am!
Danielle Blade and Myself with our awards. Danielle and Stephen won in the blown glass category

Myself & Hope Daniels, Editor in Chief of Niche Magazine, photograph courtesy of the Rosen Group. 

On display
At Reading Terminal Market

At Reading Terminal Market

At Reading Terminal Market

Billards in Philly
Train ride from Philly to NYC

At the Roosevelt Hotel in NYC
We saw Chicago! This was the first time we have ever seen a broadway show together.

Enjoying Times Square after the show
At the Ripley's Believe it or Not Odditorium 

Fun in NYC, our silhouettes


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Welcoming our Newest Paperweight

We have added a new little paperweight to our family! Charles Timothy Smith was born on December 17th (well past his due date!) at 2:45 am. Charlie weighed 5lbs, 12oz and was born with blond hair. He is a stocky little guy, small and strong. We think he gets that from my Swedish side. And he is stubborn, as he gets that from Katie's Irish side. But mostly, he is just sweet & very cuddly full of newborn noises and funny faces. This is the 1st grandchild on both sides, so our families are elated! As you can imagine, we have been very busy with the little guy, so I have no new paperweights to show you currently, as I am on a self-perscribed paternity leave. I hope to get back into the studio in January, and who knows what other surprises will be showing up in my work now that I have new inspiration in my life. 

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A Week at Corning, From the Kiln to the Hot Shop (and back again)

I spent the past week at Corning participating in a worship run by Mark Ditzler, Harry Seaman, and Gayla Lee. The class I took was called "From the Kiln to the Hot Shop (and back again)". I was able to learn many new techniques involving fused glass that I previously didn't have any experience with before. It was a nice change of pace from the blown glass & lampworked paperweights I have become so accustomed to. And who knows? Perhaps I will be incorporating some of what I learned in the workshop with my current art.

Most of the class out for Friday night dinner

Katie & myself

Corning Thermometer

Master Engraver corning Jiří Harcuba

Looking at Corning's large paperweight collection

Watching a lampworking demo

Katie pretends

Look ma! One handed

Miniature display

Hot Glass demo

Activities for kids, they pick children's drawings and make them into glass!

The class in lecture

The Studio

Making Cane

Pulling Cane

Finished Cane

Beadworking Class

Engraving Class

Making More Cane with Stack Techniques

Making a Jelly Roll

Pulling the Jelly Roll

Beadmaking Class

Clear Roll Up

Goblet Demo

My Birthday! Gayla, Sally & Katie were in kahoots all day to surprise me. 

Taking my fused project out of the kiln

Jelly Roll cane pieces & my fused paperweight disc

Working on another fused set up

Making the paperweight

Gathering in the awesome Crucible kiln. (On my wish list!)

Preparing my fused plate for another roll up. Mark in the back working

Mark working on a fusing plate

A finished paperweight

A critique of my work with Bill Gudenrath

Getting ready for another roll up

Roll it up!

Gayla assists with a foot

Naji assists with the punty

Additionally, there are even more photos on my Facebook page at:

Below are  some of the finished pieces from last week. They may not be pretty, but it was a learning experience. 



Saying Goodbye to a Friend

Our dear friend, Randall has passed. Randall was a collector of art glass and has supplied the east coast glass blowing artists, (primarily in NY, CT & MA) with beautiful equipment which he made in his machine shop. The following is Randall's obit followed by a brief & heartfelt paragraph of what I put together for this past weekend's service. Photographs of the beautiful custom equipment Randall has made for me over the years along with a group photo of Steve, myself, Randall & Danielle  concludes this post.

Randall S. Watkins, 84, of Sandy Hook, died peacefully at home on January 21, 2012, with loved ones by his side following a courageous battle with cancer.
Mr Watkins was the husband of Carolyn ("Connie") Smith Watkins. He was born November 14, 1927, in Monhessen, Penn., to Ruth (Jones) and Reginald S. Watkins. The family moved to Danbury in 1930, and then to Sandy Hook in 1936.
Mr Watkins enlisted as a machinist in the Air Force in 1948, during the Korean War. He served for more than three years in Alaska, reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant.
He worked for many years at R.S. Watkins & Sons, a company that had been founded by his father, before starting his own business, Beacon Real Company, with his brother Jack in 1976. Mr Watkins worked full-time at his shop, which was like his second home, until 2011, continuing a strong work ethic his children learned from.
Avid golfers, Mr Watkins and his wife Connie were members of Newtown Country Club for more than 40 years. Mr Watkins landed three holes-in-one on the NCC course, one on Hole 6 and two on Hole 8. Mr Watkins also enjoyed hunting during his younger years, and fishing with friends in the Great Lakes.
He was a Mason for over 55 years, a member of Hiram Lodge 18 in Sandy Hook.
About 25 years ago, Mr Watkins was approached by a glass blower who was seeking help in creating equipment for his studio. From that day forward, it was a great love of Mr Watkins to create equipment for glass artists, who in turn formed a great bond with him and affectionately called him The Godfairy of Glass Blowers. Artists often thanked Mr Watkins for his contributions to their art form, and told him that his blow pipes became instrumental in the way glass is blown on the East Coast.
In return, Mr Watkins not only became a connoisseur of glasswork but also found great pleasure in regularly sharing pieces from his personal collection with family, friends and many others.
In addition to his loving wife of 57 years, Mr Watkins is survived by his daughter, Terri L. Watkins-Braziel, and her husband, William, of Sandy Hook; a son, Randall S. Watkins, and his partner Laura Sanger, formerly of Sandy Hook; granddaughter Brandi Braziel of Sandy Hook, and grandsons Tyler Watkins and Ryan Watkins, also formerly of Sandy Hook.
Mr Watkins is also survived by his brother Jack and wife Dawn; another brother, Tom; and a sister, Anna Lou Goodwin, and her husband Robert; all formerly of Sandy Hook. He will be fondly remembered by his many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
He was predeceased by a brother, Elwood Watkins.
The family would like to thank Dr Michael Cohenuram and the staff of The Praxair Cancer Center at Danbury Hospital, Masonicare of Newtown and Masonicare Hospice for their wonderful care of Mr Watkins during the final months of his life.
A celebration of Randall S. Watkins's life will be held at Newtown United Methodist Church on Saturday, February 4, at 12:30 pm.
Memorial donations can be made to Praxair Cancer Center, 24 Hospital Avenue, Danbury CT 06810; Masonicare at Newtown-Hospice, 139 Toddy Hill Road, Newtown CT 06470; Newtown United Methodist Church, 92 Church Hill Road, Sandy Hook CT 06482; or to the recipient of one's choice.

Randall has made the possibilities of following our hopes & dreams easier to obtain thanks to his overwhelming kindness & generosity. The beautiful crafted tools and equipment that we use in our everyday lives will be cherished for a lifetime. The visits to our studios will be greatly missed along with Randall’s enthusiasm for the art of hand blown glass. Seeing the sparkles of his eyes like a child on Christmas as we create new works has been great inspiration to us. In behalf of fellow glass artists, & myself we thank you Randall.

Steven Gartner, Clinton Smith, Randall Watkins & Danielle Blade



New Website Up!

Hello everyone!
My new website is more or less finished! I will only be using this blog to show my life (animals, family, hikes in the wilderness, that type of thing) and shows (mostly retail paperweight shows/meetings for now). The blog will be accessible through the new website and also at Eventually, the blog will get a major overhaul as well, but one thing at a time here.

For Collectors, there are pages of Gallery links and upcoming shows that will show you where you can buy my work. I hope to have a "Collector's Only" page in the near feature where you can download newsletters. In addition, I hope to have quarterly if not monthly newsletters that you can subscribe too starting soon!

For Gallery owners, you can sign up to have access to buy my paperweight directly on-line.  

So the new web address is same as the old, but again, it’s or




Holiday Recap

Happy New Year!
We have had a mild winter so far in Berkshire County, MA, aside from the 32 inches (yes, 32 inches!) we got Halloween night. Besides that, it's been mild with several days reaching the upper 40's and low 50's! Am I jinxing this? But anyway, a great holiday season was had by all with family, friends, food, love and as always art. Here are a few photos from the holidays.



Inspiration in my own backyard and beyond

Aside from the constant animals I see in our property, like this doe and her two fawns, the Berkshires are filled with cultural attractions like the Berkshire Museum. The Berkshire Museum in nearby Pittsfield has a current exhibition on Geckos! Along with my wife and our friends Jeff & Jill, we were able to see Geckos from around the world. I was thrilled with the opportunity to see the Geckos and the possibility of using them in my artwork.



A Great Week in Newport, Rhode Island

Just returned from Rhode Island last night. Had a great time with my family and had some time to relax away from the everyday work day of HOT summer days in the glass studios! The week ended at the Newport Reggae Festival where we got to meet Yellowman! Here are some of my favorite shots.

Out to Eat!

Newport at Night

Purchased a Perthshire  Weight! 

Tried my hand at Ocean Fishing

At the Breakers!

Katie at the Breakers

Me & Katie, my Mom, Mimi and my sister, Mariah

Views from a boat ride

Mariah & her friend Heather driving around Newport

Kayak Tour

Kayak Tour

We got to meet Yellowman at the Reggae Fest



Delaware Valley Paperweight Collector's Association Weekend, July 16 & 17

Our table at the Delaware Valley Paperweight Collector's Association Meeting in Horsham, PA

Another Table Shot

Another Table Shot

Paperweights getting some attention!

Clinton with collector, Lee
Clinton starts his presentation

Presentation by Clinton Smith included a movie of the entire process of the making of a paperweight and a Key Note/Powerpoint presentation

Daniel Salazar gives his presentation

DVPCA President Toby Kruger

Don Formigli, Toby Kruger, William Pitt & Clinton Smith

Clinton Smith talks to fellow paperweight artist, Gordan Smith

Clinton Smith talks with Glass Artist Daniel Salazar

Don & Clinton

The Garden Party at the home of the England's. Boyd England's glass studio

Clinton Smith & Boyd England

Our hosts for the weekend, Deedee Dohan and Vice-President Andy Dohan

Katie Malone-Smith & Clinton Smith in the Dohan's beautiful gardens

Artists and members of the Paperweight Collector's Association at the home & studio of Glass Artist Paul Standard in Mantua, NJ

Clinton Smith & Glass Artist David Graeber in Paul Stankard's studio

Daniel Salazar, Paul Stankard, and Clinton Smith

Paul Stankard talks about his art

Paul Stankard takes the time to meet with fellow artist Clinton Smith to discuss his work.

A visit to Wheaton Village's Museum of American Glass 

Katie who is a school teacher loved the one room school house at Wheaton Village

Paperweight Gallery at Wheaton Village

Glass Studio at Wheaton Village

Clinton studies the glass at the museum

A trip to Hersey on the way back, just for fun!



Animals in our yard

I really enjoy our yard and living in the Berkshires. I took this fox photograph this week and my wife Katie took the moose last night. I find so much inspiration for my own work from the animals and plants I see in our yard.



My Other Passion

My Other Passion, besides glass is traditional archery. I have been into archery since the age of 6 or 7. In the last 4 years, I have been heavily into it & use recurve bows mostly.