Do you remember playing with marbles when you were small? I remember all the pretty designs inside the marbles. I have never seen such stunningly beautiful marbles as those created by J. Winterbower Glass Art. This Etsy shop is a treat to browse through.
Here is some background information on the artist Joseph Winterbower:
Raised in the Pacific Northwest, I find my inspiration through the fantastic colors and textures I see in nature and the universe and am encouraged and energized by the fact that man first began lampworking using only an oil-fueled lamp for a torch.
Using glass rods and dichroic glass sheets, I begin preparing for the actual creation of the marble. This may take an hour or more and involves a myriad of small tasks including pulling long thin rods of glass out of thick rods, cutting the dichroic glass into small shapes to later lay within the vortex of the marble, and customizing glass for surface decoration.
During the actual marble-making process, I begin from the inside out heating the glass with a torch and allowing it to melt and flow on its own using gravity and various copper and stainless steel tools.
The almost unfathomable eternal nature of paperweights and marbles pushes me toward the glass techniques of old and allows my mind to conceive of heights not yet explored.
I make my home in Lebanon, Oregon with Jan, my beautiful bride of 25 years, and our two Collies, Tehlah and Ronan.
The marbles are mesmerizing. These are not playing size marbles but beautiful decorative gallery size collectible marbles of art. The Vortex marbles are simply hypnotic. The swirls of color going to an seemingly endless spiral pull you right in. The color combinations are explosive. I am looking at my incredible Vortex marble supplied by J. Winterbower, sitting right near my computer, bringing me into a peaceful swirling ocean. The color scheme was made specially for me from the ocean colors I adore so much. There is a aqua blue sparkly swirl intermingled with a green yellow sparkly swirl with black and white contrasting swirls adding to the dimension of the design. Whew… that is a lot of description. But you know, words can not explain the actual beauty in the marble. It is not a small marble with the size measuring nearly 1 and 1/2 inches across. The colors grab the light and shine in glowing brilliance. I am thrilled to own a J. Winterbower marble piece of art. My marble is signed on the bottom by Joseph. This is a real treasure for me. Thank you very much Joseph and Jan.
How do they make the marbles? Each one is made with a Mirage torch using Borosilicate glass rods and Dichroic glass sheets. The flower implosion marbles are made with just Borosilicate glass. The marbles can take from one hour to many hours to make, depending on the size, not including prep work like cutting the dichroic sheets into little triangles and making custom stringers (extremely thin and long rods of glass) out of the thicker rods of glass for decorating the marble inside and out. The Dichroic glass is the sparkly glass inside of the vortex and galaxy marbles. Joe can flatten the bottom of any marble to make it a paperweight. Then each marble or paperweight has to be annealed in a kiln, so that it won’t shatter or break later. We have six galleries that carry our marbles.
Browse the J. Winterbower Etsy shop. You will find the fabulous Vortex marbles with the colorful swirls. You will find Galaxy marbles which look like little universes of color. You will see Flower marbles with delicate flowers of different colors and styles. Joseph also makes pendants and beads with the same colorful details.
The marbles are handmade pieces of collectible glass art. The prices reflect the quality of each style created. The marbles range in price from $45.00 and up to $195.00 for limited editions depending on size and materials used. Be drawn in to your own marble universe. Order a J. Winterbower Glass Art marble today.
GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!
Here is your chance to win! J. Winterbower has generously offered this stunning Vortex Marble in blues to one lucky reader.
Mandatory Entry (First entry)
–Visit J. Winterbower Glass Art and tell me which marble is your favorite.
–Include your email address (if not public in a profile) so I can contact you if you win.
Additional optional entries: Eligible after completing mandatory entry above: You can do any or all of the following for one entry each. Please leave a separate comment for each that you have done.
–Follow my blog (see the left side bar to sign up) Already a follower, just leave a comment saying that you are a follower.
–Subscribe to my blog ( see the left side bar to sign up) Current subscribers are eligible too.
–Follow me on Twitter
–Tweet about this giveaway and leave a link to your tweet (Can tweet once daily).
–Follow J. Winterbower on Twitter.
–Fan J. Winterbower on Facebook.
–Post my button on your blog and leave a link to your blog.
–FOR 5 EXTRA ENTRIES – Blog about this giveaway, with a link to my blog. Come back and leave the link to your blog post. Post FIVE separate comments that you’ve blogged about this.
Giveaway ends on December 23rd at 11:59 PM Pacific time. Open to US addresses only. No PO Boxes. Winner will be chosen by random.org and contacted by email. Please respond in 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. To be fair to everyone, comments not meeting requirements will be deleted.
Many thanks to Jan and Joseph of J. Winterbower Glass Art for providing the review sample and giveaway product.
Disclosure: I received a gratis sample for this review. No monetary compensation was offered or accepted. The opinions above are my own. Others experience may vary.