Paperweight Fest 2018

Banner. Paperweight Fest 2018: Register online today! April 26 through 28, 2018. Closeup of paperweight with bees on flowers.

Paperweight Fest 2018 is presented in association with the Delaware Valley Paperweight Collectors Association

An All-in-One Experience Available Nowhere Else!

Registrants can:

  • Meet and/or collaborate with your favorite artist
  • Make a paperweight
  • Add to your collection
  • Renew acquaintances with collectors from around the world
Collection of floral sphere paperweights

Make Your Own Experiences

You will have the opportunity to participate in different hands-on experiences in the Glass Studio on Thursday, April 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Session 1) and Sunday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Session 2), including:

Make Your Own Paperweight
Choose from several WheatonArts designs
(Sessions 1 & 2)

Make Your Own Vessel
Choose a bowl or a vase
(Sessions 1 & 2)

Whitefriars Cane
Make a closepack millefiori paperweight, approximately 3” in diameter. To save time, the setup will be pre-made and will include a wonderful variety of Whitefriars silhouette and geometric canes. (Sessions 1 & 2)

One-on-One Collaboration
Experience collaborating with a contemporary paperweight artist. Have a millefiori experience working with Jim Brown, or do flameworking with Melissa Ayotte or David Graeber. These contemporary paperweight masters have generously donated their time to provide you with a one-on-one creative collaboration. Time with the artist is 1 1/2 hours. Set-ups will be professionally encased by the artists. Space is extremely limited. Reservations honored in the order in which requests are received. (Session 1 ONLY)

*NEW* Team Collaboration
A rare opportunity to be part of the team of WheatonArts’ Glass Artists and a few guest artists on the Studio Floor to create with them a Magnum weight that will end up in your collection! (Session 1 ONLY)

All hands-on experiences require a waiver of liability. Please note your interest on the registration form. We will send details of the appointment time in your registration confirmation letter.

David Graeber shaping a paperweight at the end of a blowpipe, with a crowd watching behind him.

Exhibit and Sale

A select group of paperweight dealers, artists and galleries will be exhibiting in the Event Center.

Open to registrants only on Thursday evening and Friday afternoon. A full schedule will be in your registration packet.

Open to the public on Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.



Your registration fee includes all meals listed in the program. Please advise at time of registration if you are a vegetarian.

Three women viewing paperweights on display.
Artist on the Glass Studio floor making a paperweight


The Country Inn is not accepting bookings during Paperweight Fest. WheatonArts has reserved a block of rooms in the following hotels:

Wingate by Wyndham
2196 West Landis Ave., Vineland, NJ 08360
856.690.9900 |
$89 a night, includes breakfast

Holiday Inn Express
398 Smith St., Millville, NJ 08332
856.293.8888 |
$99 a night, includes breakfast

Hampton Inn and Suites
2134 West Landis Ave., Vineland, NJ 08360
856.405.0600 |
$109 a night, includes breakfast

To book a reserved room, please use the code “Paperweight Fest”. Rates are quoted for 1 to 2 adults per room with an additional $10 for each adult 18 or over (up to 4 max) in a room. Rates are for standard King and Double Queen rooms with breakfast buffet, Wi-Fi, parking, and daily paper complimentary. All rooms have fridge, microwave, coffee maker and hair dryer. The block of rooms will be held until April 6 and then released if not booked.

Other nearby hotels include:

Fairfield Inn & Suites
301 Bluebird Lane, Millville, NJ 08332
856.776.2400 |

Ramada Inn
West Landis Ave. & Rt. 55 (exit 32), Vineland, NJ 08360
856.696.3800 |

Paul Stankard leaning forward, carefully creating a paperweight

Paperweight Fest 2018 Featured Artist
Paul Stankard

For more than four decades, Paul Joseph Stankard has been creating remarkable nature studies in glass. Trained as a scientific glass apparatus maker, he began utilizing these technical skills to create glass paperweights. Stankard conceived his own style of exploring wildflowers, at first concentrating on perfecting single flowers which were sometimes stylized. Soon, he was creating extraordinarily precise botanical studies including root structures and environments. His striking creations are a tribute to Stankard’s dedication to his art. Now considered a living master in the art of the paperweight, he splits his time between flameworking and writing.