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Information about Paul Manners is scarce. I have attached a brief bibliography of the materials I found this afternoon. He is not in our Who's Who in Contemporary Glass (1993) or other biographical sources. I also checked Art Index, BHA, and Decorative and Applied Arts Index.

The Detroit Institute of Arts catalog, A Passion for Glass, includes two pieces by Manners, but his biography is short:
"American, born 1946. Education: Harvard College, Cambridge, Mass., B.A., 1967; University of California, Santa Cruz, 1668-69. Related Professional Experience: Independent artist, 1972-present." p. 81. 



Comments (14)

  1. I'm alive! Someone who recently saw a piece of mine from the High Museum collection on display at the Atlanta airport found this exchange and sent me a link. All my work in glass was done before the internet explosion, and I suppose that's the main reason there isn't much information available. I operated a pottery studio in the late 60’s and early 70’s and got my introduction to hot glass at San Jose State when I went there to take a class in crystal glazes. I converted my pottery studio to glass and worked for a number of years with hot glass sculpture which evolved into solid cut and polished pieces with internal veils of color and air traps. I'm a lover of technical process, and in my shop I developed techniques for precision polishing and the use of ultraviolet setting adhesives to produce these pieces (some of which were sold through the Corning Museum). It sounds like you probably have one of these pieces from the late 70’s or early 80’s. After years of constantly struggling to improve the quality of the glass batch I was melting, I fully appreciated the perfection and brilliance of the beautiful optical crystal being used in a nearby Silicon Valley laboratory. Everything came together for me one day when I discovered pieces of dichroic coated glass in their trash. My hot and cold shop became a cold shop only, and the roar of the furnaces was replaced by the sound of reciprolaps and diamond saws. My pieces were very well received by many museums and private collectors. I only produced them for a few years before I moved on to other non-glass related interests. I don’t know what influence my work may have had on Toland Sand, John Kuhn and other artists who have continued to work with these materials, and taken this basic idea much further.
    by Paul Manners on Mar 25, 2013.
  2. Dear Paul:

    Thanks for the information! If you have any gallery notices, articles, exhibition catalogs that you could share with us, we would love to add more on you and your work to our library collection.
    by Regan Brumagen on Mar 26, 2013.
  3. We also own a Paul Manners signature stick figure vessel made in 1979 with signature P Manners 79016.

    Having relocated from the Bay Area to Santa Fe, NM, we are thrilled to have one of Paul's pieces in our collection along with other historically significant examples of Contemporary Studio Glass Art.
    by Betsy Ehrenberg on Apr 08, 2013.
  4. I own a piece of Paul Manners glass serial number 80283 purchased probably in the 70's in California. I am interested in the current value. How would I obtain an appraisal?
    by Judy Pitkin on Apr 11, 2013.
  5. Dear Judy:

    If you wish to determine the value of your glass piece, you may want to consult a reliable local antique dealer, or send a photograph of the object to a reputable auction house (see ArtNet’s directory of auction houses worldwide,

    You can also find appraisers through several professional organizations: The American Society of Appraisers (phone) 1-800-ASA-VALU (online);

    The Appraisers Association of America (phone) 212-889-5404 (online);

    and The International Society of Appraisers (phone) 312-224-2567 (online)

    Your local library may have a subscription to

    Maloney’s Antiques and Collectibles Resource Directory, which provides listings of appraisers by type of collectible.

    Hope this helps!
    by Regan Brumagen on Apr 12, 2013.
  6. I have a beautiful 9 1/2" x 3 1/4" crystal piece with etching : "Dayak" 1989 (signed)Paul Manners. Would you please explain what "Dayak" means in regard to this piece.
    by Rob on Apr 22, 2013.
  7. I have been a fan of Paul Manners glass for a number of years now and consider myself fortunate to be in possession of 10 of his works. From my first piece which is one of the cranberry and clear ball vases with the internal spider webbing on the interior, to 2 of his taller sculptural pieces with the pulled interior color and air trap designs. I also have one of his block series pieces that has cut angles on the exterior and internal veiling similar to Ed Kachurik's glass art. I feel very lucky to possess 4 of his ball vases with the ariel technique of designed air traps between layers of glass. These pieces rival any of the ariel pieces of the era made by Labino, Huchthausen, or Boylen. They are very heavy for their size and extremely well executed. The last 2 that I own are his later cold work assembled pieces. The cold worked assembled pieces that I have seen are all titled somewhere on the piece, sometimes very hard to locate, and the titles are, to the best of my recollection, taken from early Greek or Roman mythology. I have one titled Pyxsis.The pieces like this that he made are some of the earlier works in this technique, and yes, artists like Kuhn and Sand, and Storms have perfected these types of sculptures. For many years I had tried to find out information about Paul's work with very limited success, until recently when I think that Paul has realized a resurrgence of real, genuine appreciation in the glass art community for his pieces. I was happy to see that he responded in an earlier post here giving some backround regarding his early years and his evolution of his art. Personally I feel that anyone fortunate enough to own a piece of Paul's work should appreciate the beauty and expertise and process that went into their creation.
    by mark chamovitz on Aug 04, 2013.
  8. I recently purchased a round ball with spider webbing inside. It is open at the top, and could be used as a vase. The number on the bottom is 80392, with a drawing of a stick person before the number. When was it made, and is it worth the $30.00 I paid for it?
    by Donna on Sep 30, 2013.
  9. I enjoyed reading the note from Paul Manners. We purchased our piece in the early 90's at the old Naples Art Gallery which also represented Dale Chihuly and Christopher Ries. It was one of our early glass art pieces which we have treasured over the years. We had not heard anything about Paul Manners in recent years and was very interested in reading his comments and hearing that he is still active, even if not in glass art. My interest was aroused when I recently received an announcement from the Philadelphia National Liberty Museum's Glass Now Weekend, which featured a beautiful Paul Manners piece on the front of the announcement. Over the the years we have also purchased a number of Toland Sand pieces and thought there were great similarities.

    Ray Staffeldt, Naples, Florida
    by Raymond J. Staffeldt on May 24, 2014.
  10. Paul Manners, trying to get ahold of you. Give me a call at 603-496-2605. Thanks, Toland
    by Toland sand on Mar 28, 2015.
  11. Does anyone have current contact information for Paul Manners?
    by Dorothy Baum on Nov 17, 2015.
  12. Just today I purchased a beautiful glass piece of Paul Manners with the stick figure 80189 and his signature etched in the bottom. After reading the above comments and information it must be one of his first works. It is the round vase crimson in color with a small opening at the top with the explosion of Glass on the inside. I instantly fell in love with it and I too would like to find out more about this fabulous artist Mr. Paul Manners.
    by Nancy Jureczki on Dec 05, 2017.
  13. Interesting thread. Here's an interesting addition to this thread, although not having to do with Paul Manners.
    I loved colored glass and especially leaded glass. I took a leaded glass class as the Sawtooth center in Winston-Salem. One day our class took a tour of Jon Kuhn's studio.
    Jon and his wife were very friendly and Jon was open about his process and materials.
    He had done hot glass in the past, and I saw some of his early laminated pieces which were like window panels of laminated glass. He evidently knew he was going to be successful with laminated glass as he made a big investment in a large warehouse and machines. He already had about eight employees at that time. I may have some pictures somewhere, not sure.
    He needed some mechanical work done on a machine he had just bought that ground optics and was going to use for his art. I offered to do the work with a friend since it was similar to work we did at a factory (fix machines). The deal was to do the work in exchange for one of his pieces. Long story short, we completed the task and Jon gave us each a 6 or 7 in or so piece of his work. We were wowed, and truly grateful. They were stunning pieces and I still enjoy mine today. I'm not sure about my partner as I did not keep up with him.
    But that was 1987 or so and now that I'm into my 50's, I'm thinking of doing some art along these lines. We'll see.
    Last I heard Jon and a benefactor have a magnificent museum in Kernersville.
    by Joel Godin on Dec 19, 2017.
  14. I have a vase with small hole on top with evenly spaced interior air traps, it is dated 73 and has a stickman but no number. Why do most mentioned here have numbers and this one does not?
    by Mike on Nov 28, 2018.

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