Rebirth and Regrowth

A year before the June 2013 Paperweight Collectors Association Convention in New Orleans, I decided to create this paperweight series honoring the human spirit with its ability to hope for better times and to heal and rebuild even after a horrific storm like Hurricane Katrina. The magnitude of this Gulf Coast disaster was powerfully brought home to me on October 29, 2012 when a similar natural catastrophe, “Superstorm Sandy,” slammed into New Jersey’s coast, scene of so many of my happy family memories. For me, the egg shape of the paperweights in this series symbolizes earth, and the cycle of life with the promise of renewal and hope.