This Vandermark paperweight measures 2.5" high by 3" in diameter, and weighs 1lb., 4 oz. It has a wonderfully rounded orb form and it is adorned with a pretty petaled blossom design, with a pulled feather surface. It is a clear weight with a ruby core, and very nice color accents, finished in a satin iridized matte. This paperweight is signed Vandermark and dated 1977. It is in excellent condition, with deliberate indentations on the top surface, accentuating the petals, no apologies.
Jerry Vandermark apprenticed with Carl Erickson in 1943 at Erickson Art Glass in Bremen, Ohio. In 1959, Vandermark left Erickson to direct the Colonial Glasshouse at Jamestown, Virginia for the National Park Service. In 1968, working with Thomas Merritt, he established the Vandermark Glasshouse at Liberty Village, Flemington, New Jersey. Jerry later took Thomas Merritt's son Doug Merritt as an apprentice and they paired up to form the Vandermark-Merritt Glass Studios in 1972. The studio evolved from producing replicas of 18th century glassware to more wide-ranging reproductions, and then added some original art glass designs. It built its reputation with museum quality colonial reproductions, original art glass in the art nouveau and art deco traditions, crystal sculpture, contemporary designs and cameo creations. Their work can be found in a number of major collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Toledo Museum, Corning Museum, and Wheaton Museum of American Glass. Stephen Smarr was a master glass artist for Vandermark Merritt Glass Studios in Branchburg, NJ for 38 years until his death in 2010.