Paperweight Fest 2018, April 26 – 28

Presented in association with the Delaware Valley Paperweight Collectors Association

An All-in-One Experience Available Nowhere Else!

“From the rich glass heritage of South Jersey came the paperweights of Ray and Bob Banford, a father and son who started their glass journey in the early 1970s. Inspired by the classic French paperweights of the 1840s, the Banfords continued the practice of searching for the best color, using only the finest optical glass, and honing their art, solidifying their reputation for innovation.” 

Registrants can:

  • Meet and/or collaborate with your favorite artist
  • Make a paperweight
  • Add to your collection
  • Learn how families of artists have advanced the art of the paperweight from the mid-19th century to today
  • Renew acquaintances with collectors from around the world
glassblowing Demonstration between father and daughter duo

Make your own paperweight: choose from several WheatonArts designs (sessions 1&2).

Make your own vessel bowl or vase form (sessions 1&2).

Whitefriars cane experience: 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 collaborative experience with a contemporary paperweight artist (session 1 ONLY).
Have a millefiori experience working with Jim Brown or Damon MacNaught, 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 collaborative event. Time with the artist is 1 1/2 hours. Set-ups will be professionally encased by the artists. Space is extremely limited, so first come, first served.

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.

Presented in association with the Delaware Valley Paperweight Collectors Association

wheatonarts paperweight fest booth image

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.

Open to the public on Saturday, noon until 5 p.m. A full schedule will be in your registration packet.


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

Print a Paperweight Fest 2016 Registration Form

Or Register Online HERE