about the founder
Paul (Pablo) Weinschenk arrived in New York from his native Argentina in 1968. A visual artist and son of a well-known cinematographer who had fled Nazi Germany, Pablo entered the photography business. In 1982, he established Clone-a-Chrome, a photo lab in Manhattan’s photo district, producing Cibachrome prints for some of the late 20th Century’s most famous photographers.
After years of success, due to the advent of digital photography and printing, the traditional fine-art printing business began to decline. The 2001 World Trade Center attack hastened the demise of Clone-a-Chrome and set Pablo on a search for a new venture. He began to study glassmaking as an art form, first at Urban Glass in Brooklyn, and then with various contemporary glass artists in the New York area and beyond. In 2010, he opened Pablo Glass in Garnerville, New York, in a 19th century industrial complex that had been converted into artists’ studios.
In August 2011, however, disaster struck, as Hurricane Irene sent six feet of water, mud and debris through the arts center and into the glass studio. Together with his stepson Ernesto Echeverria, also a glassblower, Pablo rented space 60 miles north in a “midtown” factory building in Kingston, New York. Working nonstop for months, the two salvaged, rebuilt and replaced critical equipment and tools, and recreated Pablo Glass.
The studio thrived in Kingston, but Pablo wanted a more bucolic setting. In late 2013, he built an expansive new studio where glassblowers from around the region create unique hand-blown glass art, just steps from the Millstream in the village of Woodstock.