TEMECULA: Museum rolls out marbles muster – Press
November 18, 2015 - storage organizer
MARBLE MANIA TROUGH THE AGES
Ancient times from 2500 BCE: Found in Greek hull and dedicated Egyptian crypts. Roman children played a diversion with dull nuts.
The Middle aggies 500-1500: Rounded agate stones or aggies found in British Gothic digs, now famous as children’s toys.
Colonial America 1500-1800: Large Dutch load ships alien tons of German-made marbles to a New World. The many prevalent form of fondle marbles was done from dismissed clay.
German potion swirls 1850-1920: New appurtenance collection and new ways to make colored potion after a Industrial Revolution dramatically altered a essence of a child’s marble bag.
Clay balls 1884-1914: Samuel C. Dyke from Akron, Ohio revolutionized a a fondle attention by inventing an programmed device to make clay marbles, creation them abundant and cheap.
Hand-fed appurtenance done 1902-1917: Martin Frederick Christensen invented a elementary appurtenance in 1902 that fast shaped turn potion balls from globs of fiery glass. He collaborated with James Harvey Leighton, eminent for his colorful potion formulas, to furnish some of a many collectible marbles ever.
Vintage entirely programmed 1920-1960: After World War I, American manufacturers again began producing fondle marbles with entirely programmed machines, branch out millions of potion marbles daily.
Cat’s eyes 1960 to current: Cat’s eye marbles from Japan dominated a fondle marketplace and gathering many US manufacturers out of business in a 1960s. The largest marble builder currently is Vacor de Mexico, that markets marbles in a U.S. underneath a name Mega Marbles.
Source: Carl Fisher
IF YOU GO
What: “The History Art of Marbles”
When: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Closed Mondays, Exhibition by Sunday, Jan. 17; 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, marble supposing by Carl Fisher; 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, marble creation by Carl Fisher.
Where: The Temecula Valley Museum, 28314 Mercedes St., Temecula
Admission: Free; $5 suggested donation
No one could ever credit Temecula proprietor Carl Fisher of losing his marbles.
They crawl his home and throng his thoughts with ideas for new designs. Fisher buys marbles, sells them and creates them from scratch. And now, for a initial time, he’s arrangement a little fragment of his collection by Jan. 17 as “The Art and History of Marbles,” during a Temecula Valley Museum.
The museum will horde dual upcoming. marble-centric events: Fisher will value a value of visitors’ marbles from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, and learn marble creation during 1 p.m. Dec. 5.
Fisher and his innumerable of marble marvels struck a museum staff as a ideal holiday arrangement after reading about his collection in a journal.
“I consider marbles have a concept appeal,” pronounced Tracy Frick, Temecula Valley Museum’s services manager. So most so, a museum is weighing a logistics of charity a roving uncover to museums around a country.
Besides patience, artistic skills and creativity, there’s copiousness of math and scholarship concerned in marble making, pronounced Fisher. He wears his hair in a a graying ponytail, looking each bit a mechanism wonk that he professes to be.
Fisher, 61, works out of his home offered IBM Cloud storage to some of a largest tellurian companies, regulating a latest mechanism technologies to repair problems. Instead of sporting a slot guardian full of pens and a calculator, he carries around some of his handmade cosmetic marbles.
“I consider some of that innovative meditative from my IBM pursuit rolled over into my marble making,” pronounced Fisher, dubbed “The Marbler” by marble mavens and critical collectors.
Housed in arrangement cases on a second floor, these little balls gleam and blink like jewels. They’re an heterogeneous brew of selected machine-made, hand-blown glass, torch-worked and contemporary potion orbs that Fisher bought as good as polymer clay marbles that he combined himself. There’s even a marble mobile,
He also researched and wrote a graphics backing a walls. The panels cover a story of these spheres from 2500 BCE when Roman children played games with dull nuts to furnace or torch-fired contemporary art potion balls.
For a past decade, a Ohio-born Fisher has serve marched marble-making into a 21st century by sculpting them in cosmetic from multi-colored polymer clay. The designs cocktail so most that Fisher reminds admirers that there’s no paint used in a process.
Fisher’s cosmetic marbles could pass as glass, though they’re lighter, stronger, some-more durable and softer, and comfortable to a touch. “You can rebound them like balls and they don’t break,” he said.
As a child flourishing adult in Youngstown, Fisher played with and collected marbles. But it wasn’t until 18 years ago while courting his destiny wife, antiques gourmet Francesca Fisher, that marbles enraptured him during estate sales. After she gave him a birthday surprise, a outing to to a American Toy Marble Museum in Akron, Fisher began collecting in earnest.
“At initial we paid $1 for a marble, afterwards $2,” he recalls. But when a seeking cost for a singular globe he desired in 2006 strike $200, his mother urged him to make his own.
His relied on his engineering credentials from college for a measuring, weighing and other technical believe required. He designed and built a few elementary machines to assistance him make regularly unchanging sizes, colors and patterns.