Paperweight Fest 2020

WheatonArts is committed to practicing the proper precautions and protocol to help keep our community, staff, and artists safe and protected from COVID-19.

As of March 14, 2020, all public programming at WheatonArts is currently canceled or postponed until further notice.
Paperweight Fest 2020 is now CANCELED.

However, please note that the Paperweight Raffle is STILL HAPPENING! 

Many friends of WheatonArts have been contacting us, asking how they can help during this very challenging time. This outpouring of support humbles us. Right now, this is our reality: for each cancellation of events, we face significant financial losses.

To all our registrants of Paperweight Fest, please consider converting your registration into a tax-deductible donation. 2020 marks our 50th anniversary as a treasured cultural haven. The past fifty years have had their share of challenges, but nothing on this scale. If we work together, WheatonArts can continue to be a source of creativity and exploration for artists and audiences for the next 50 years. Thank you for your commitment to our future. 

Please let us know what your preference is regarding the donation of all or part of your registration. Refunds will be dispersed as per our capacity, which has been slowed due to COVID-19. 

Paperweight Fest 2020
MAY 14—16, 2020

Paperweight Fest 2020 is presented in association with the Delaware Valley Paperweight Collectors Association.
WheatonArts invites all glass enthusiasts to join us at Paperweight Fest 2020, as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary and the 45th Anniversary of the Paperweight Fest, also known for many years as “Paperweight Weekend.”

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 five different hands-on experiences in the Glass Studio on Thursday, May 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Session 1) and Sunday, May 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Session 2), including:

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

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

3. 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)

4. One-on-One Collaboration
Experience collaborating with artists Damon MacNaught or David Graeber to create a contemporary Flamework or Millefiore Paperweight. These paperweight masters have generously donated their time to provide you with a one-on-one creative collaboration. Time with the artist is 1.5 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)

5. *NEW* Glass Fusing
Create a 4”x 4” plate/panel using Caithness millefiore! This unique opportunity combines the design aesthetic of millefiore paperweights with the technique of glass fusing. Use a variety of Caithness millefiori to create your own design, beginning with a base of clear glass. (Sessions 1 & 2)

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 Noon to 5:00 p.m.

CLICK HERE to see the full Schedule.



Artist on the Glass Studio floor making a paperweight


Your registration fee includes all meals listed in the program. Please advise at time of registration if you are a vegetarian. CLICK HERE to see the full Schedule.

Registration Links

To see the full Paperweight Fest Schedule, CLICK HERE.

For Paperweight Raffle details, CLICK HERE.

Three floral paperweights by Paul Stankard on display at Paperweight Fest 2016