Paperweights: William Manson

PW2438. Willie Manson Acadia National Park Museum Piece. LIMITED EDITION OF TEN. This is the fourth in the National Park Series. Two ducks and three blooming water lilies—you get a lot of intricate lampwork from one of the greatest lamp-workers of all days. Each tiny piece hand made. I sent Willie pictures of male and female golden eye ducks as well as water lilies, and he did the rest. Signed on the base “William Manson Snr 2012 1/10”. 3 1/16 inches in diameter; 2 5/16 inches tall; one pound and four ounces. $275 Three remaining

PW1517. William Manson Museum Piece. Olympic National Park. From the National Park Paperweight series. Willie makes great salamanders and this is no exception. The first introduction of the long-toed salamander into the paperweight world. Shelf fungi grow on the branch and ferns decorate the mossy ground. Numbered 9/10 and signed William Manson Snr 2010. 3 1/8 inch diameter; 2 5/16 inches tall; one pound and three ounces.  $275 last one

PW2445. Willie Manson Acadia National Park Museum Piece. LIMITED EDITION OF TEN. Willie and I collaborated on numerous limited editions over the years – more than a hundred weights altogether.
I also carried his diverse main line of weights for many years. These duck weights were the last of our collaborations and this is the end of my Willie Manson weights (other than one of these ducks that I kept for myself). Willie blends disparate, practiced techniques, as only as master can conjure. Willie knows glass. Look at the realistic water. You can see it move. I enjoyed working with him. He has a great sense of humor. Signed on the base “William Manson Snr 2012 8/10”. 3 6/16 inches in diameter; 2 5/16 inches tall; one pound and three ounces. $275 three remaining

PW2446. Willie Manson Acadia National Park Museum Piece. LIMITED EDITION OF TEN. This is the fourth in the National Park Series. Consider the amount of experience that went into one of these. Willie was a teenage apprentice to The Old Master Paul Ysart himself back in the 60s, and he trained closely with him for years. When Paul left Caithness to form his own glass company, Willie went with him. The influence of the old master is present if not channeled when it comes to sculptures such as these incredible ducks. Really astounding when you think about it. This pair of golden eyes is sleek and smart — a beautiful expression of God’s work. And Willie did a great job, one only possible as developed and practiced over a life-long course of study and practice. Likewise with la flora—watery lilies … a simple yet balanced bouquet of color and form perfectly balancing the ducks. Two ducks and three blooming water lilies—you get a lot of intricate lampwork from one of the greatest lamp-workers of all days. Signed on the base “William Manson Snr 2012 9/10”. 3 1/8 inches in diameter; 2 5/16 inches tall; one pound and three ounces. $275 three remaining

PW1618. William Manson Museum Piece. LE of 10. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Third in the National Park Paperweight series. I believe this is the first introduction of the rare Organ Pipe shovel-nosed snake into a paperweight. They are just one of many interesting snakes in this stretch of desert. Mr Manson is a master of glass snakes, such as this long and colorful example. Numbered 9/10 and signed William Manson Snr 2011. 3 1/16 inch diameter; 2 3/16 inches tall; one pound.  $250 last one