The Paperweight Collectors Association Inc (PCA) is the oldest and largest nonprofit organization in the world dedicated to the art of the paperweight.
The organization was conceived in 1953 when through correspondence between our founding President Paul Jokelson and fellow collector friend Palmer Hart, decided that an association of paperweight collectors would be created. Interest and participation grew rapidly. By May of 1954, membership had risen to 280 members, and the PCA published its first Bulletin. The first PCA Convention was held in May 1961 in New York City with 100 members in attendance. In September 1968, Paul Jokelson published the first PCA Newsletter. Today PCA membership spans the globe.
In keeping with its mission, the PCA produces an Annual Bulletin and Quarterly Newsletters. The Annual Bulletin is a collection of articles and paperweight-related stories. It is the only publication of its kind, containing indispensable, up-to-date research on the great paperweight makers of the 19th century and today’s masters of the art. The Quarterly Newsletter keeps members up to date on paperweight-related news, items, and happenings throughout the year.
The PCA holds a Convention biennially. This much-anticipated event is where collectors, artists, dealers, and scholars worldwide meet to share our passion for the art of the paperweight. At the Convention, attendees can expect to see artist demonstrations from some of the world’s leading glass artists, presentations from paperweight scholars and artists, glimpse the finest paperweight museum collections, and have the opportunity to meet artists and add to one’s collection at the artists/dealers fair. The next Convention is tentatively scheduled for May 2022.
The glass paperweight, one of the world’s most captivating and rare forms of fine art, dates back to the mid-19th century. It is regarded by many as the most difficult art form to master. It is a tradition kept alive by a handful of artists from around the world. We hope you will join us to learn more and share our passion for this enthralling art.