David Graeber | Storytelling in Glass

Every piece of glass art that David Graeber makes begins with a good story. Whether he’s in the mood to pay tribute to a former professor, remember a family member, or document the life journey of a silkworm, each of his works aims to relay a personal reflection or his love of nature.

Graeber, born in New Jersey, has grown into part of a South Jersey glassmaking tradition that dates back to the 1700s. Here, glassworkers were eventually recognized for their skill in creating glass paperweights.  They began to incorporate glass designs into the traditional community values of home, church and country.

Glass Making Traditions

Graeber’s Apprenticeships | Vail & Stankard

In the late 1980s, Graeber had the opportunity to act as an apprentice for George Vail, a local artist and professor, who introduced him to  to woodworking, architectural reconstruction, commercial art, and forensic sculpture. Graeber met internationally acclaimed glassblower Paul Stankard in 1980, considered the father of modern glass paperweights, who invited him to work as an assistant. The opportunity afforded Graeber time and space for creative freedom. After years of encouragement from Stankard and other mentors, Graeber finally established himself as an independent glass artist in 2009.

Contact The Glass Gallery

If you have questions regarding Graeber’s work or are simply interested in obtaining more information about The Glass Gallery and its current exhibits, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We’re the world’s premier dealer of fine art glass paperweights and boast a collection of antique and contemporary paperweights from all over the world. Call us at 314.416.4200 for additional information.

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