Playing For Keeps!

Aggie either a marble made out of agate or a glass marble that looks like it's agate. A glass or imitation aggie is also called an immie.

Some marbles in my studio on a sunny day

Some marbles in my studio on a sunny day

Alley A marble made of marble. Alley is short for alabaster.

Bombsies Dropping your shooter on the target marble.

Histing Lifting your knuckle from the ground while shooting.

Hand sculpted from resin with a sterling silver shank and marble detail, a one-of-a-kind piece available at Craft & Culture

Hand sculpted from resin with a sterling silver shank and marble detail, a one-of-a-kind piece available at Craft & Culture

Keepsies Playing for keeps. You get to keep all the marbles you win.

Unique resin, marble & sterling silver ring at Craft & Culture

Unique resin, marble & sterling silver ring at Craft & Culture

These two new resin and silver rings have recently arrived in Seattle's Craft & Culture. I designed and made them around some of my own collection of glass marbles. I love their perfect shape and lustrous colour. To contrast these glass orbs in texture and colour I chose to work in  an angular bright blue with flecks of orange to sculpt these one-of-a-kind rings.

Here are more details on these pieces at craft & Culture


Knuckle down To put one knuckle of your shooting hand in contact with the ground. Most players put the knuckle of their index finger on the ground. You position your shooter in the crook of the index finger and flick it out with your thumb.

Lagging A way of choosing who shoots first. Players roll their marbles toward a line in the dirt (the lag line). Whoever gets closest without going over gets to shoot first.


Lagging A way of choosing who shoots first. Players roll their marbles toward a line in the dirt (the lag line). Whoever gets closest without going over gets to shoot first.

 

Mibs The target marbles in a game. Another name is Kimmies.


Playing for fair All marbles are returned to owner after the game.

Plunking Hitting the targets on the fly.

Taw Another name for a shooter. Shooters are often slightly larger than target marbles. In some games you shoot from behind a taw line.

 

 

PLAYING FOR KEEPS THE WINNER KEEPS ALL THE MARBLES AFTER THE GAME ("WINNER KEEPS, LOSER WEEPS").

 


Edgy Shapes

Learned a new shape today...rhombic dodecahedron

"In   geometry  , the   rhombic dodecahedron   is a   convex polyhedron   with 12   congruent     rhombic     faces  . It has 24   edges  , and 14   vertices   of two types. It is a   Catalan solid  , and the   dual polyhedron   of the   cuboctahedro n."

"In geometry, the rhombic dodecahedron is a convex polyhedron with 12 congruent rhombic faces. It has 24 edges, and 14 vertices of two types. It is a Catalan solid, and the dual polyhedron of the cuboctahedron."

I found this label on a mineral specimen I was checking out in Manchester museum in the pic below.

I found this label on a mineral specimen I was checking out in Manchester museum in the pic below.

I love how a natural shape like this mineral can have such amazing angles. There's a design there that looks like it has been made somehow but at the same time it's not perfect, it is just how it's formed from it's structure and environment.

I love how a natural shape like this mineral can have such amazing angles. There's a design there that looks like it has been made somehow but at the same time it's not perfect, it is just how it's formed from it's structure and environment.

Quartz crystals have a really interesting shape. Slightly prismatic but with nibbled edges like an early glass artefact which has worn but survived underground. A lovely chunk of quartz makes up this one-off ring available at Craft & Culture. The silver lustre brings out the facets of the sculpted ring and it's polished to a metallic shine.

Quartz crystals have a really interesting shape. Slightly prismatic but with nibbled edges like an early glass artefact which has worn but survived underground. A lovely chunk of quartz makes up this one-off ring available at Craft & Culture. The silver lustre brings out the facets of the sculpted ring and it's polished to a metallic shine.

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This piece is available online now at   Craft & Culture

This piece is available online now at Craft & Culture

Gray Magazine

Really excited to be featured in the latest issue of Gray Magazine

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 "A reflection of the Pacific Northwest's vibrant design + architecture scene. GRAY is a print and digital magazine filled with resources, engaging features, and interviews covering architecture, landscape, interior design, industrial design, décor and fashion—all things that are imagined, made or available in the Pacific Northwest."

This issue is inspired by contrasts and duality, with the content literally halved into two sections so that in the middle you flip the mag round to read the rest!

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I've always been into turning convention on it's head, and two of my Hewn rings feature in this middle two page spread where it flips! Check it out below, a black and a white Hewn ring available at Craft & Culture or directly from me made in your size. Just email me for details on how to have your bespoke ring made to your preference! 

Here's the online version for you to read for yourself! This issue has some interesting write ups on designers with split careers, which is becoming even more common as people take a sudden change in their path or bring polar opposites together so that they feed the different needs in their life. Check out the gorgeous cutting edge objects to window shop for some inspiration!