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Welcome to the wide wonderful world of Contemporary Art Glass Marbles.
Why marbles? See note at the bottom.

Today consider this Subliminal Razor marble, hand-formed from borosilicate glass by myself here in my home studio, i.e. John Bridges of Black Fire Glassworks here in Eugene, Oregon.

This deep orb measures ~1 11\/16" (43mm) in diameter and is signed "JSB 6-07".
It belongs to the family of marbles that I call Vortexia Perplexia. It is carefully rounded and annealed most thoroughly for structural integrity.

It is "Subliminal Razor" for skill put to use below the radar.

Here we have a shady tunnel vortex formed from numerous deep striped purple fingers. These fingers protect an inner spiral of ghostly pins that sink to the bottom point, fuzzy and translucent, not green, not gold, some threshold-dweller of a color.

The bottom point is complemented by a round of stripes that are technically white with red core, but here they strangely blend in with the purple to make a dizzying, neither here-nor-there halo.

Please note also that my camera isn't so great at picking up the purples; all colors here are much more vivid in hand.

Shipping is FREE as always in the USA, unless you desire something more powerful than Priority Mail. If you desire international shipping I'll credit you an amount equal to Priority shipping in the USA.

Thanks for looking!!!!!


Contemporary Art Glass Marbles are modern day gems made by human hands. Simple spheres filled with beauty and wonder, and each one original, they possess a magic unto themselves that make them the perfect gift for all occasions, and perfectly fit to be handed down through generations. They are rooted in the tradition of gaming marbles but have shot over the horizon and have been touched by the brilliance of the stars.

Marbles differ from most forms of glass art in that they are specifically art to be handled, engaged, rolled, spun. They are the only form of glass art that possess dynamic energy in that they will roll away if you don't find a way to pin them down. Spin them for an amazing show of living texture in transformation, striking a balance and moving on.

Marble gazing has a way of transporting the gazer out of their surroundings, sending them floating off to some celestial sphere of wavering form and texture. Carry that special one around with you in your pocket, and you are armed with a way to instantly turn down the noise and clamor of the world for a few moments of precious weightlessness.

Gazing at a marble is strangely similar to pondering a memory, and as such, marbles symbolize those moments and faces that compose who we are. Our lives at long last are like a bag of marbles, and in this way everyone is a marble collector.

1 11\/16 inch Subliminal Razor glass marble by John Bridges


  • Material: borosilicate glass
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