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2008 Alphabet Marble Contest

Welcome to the 4th Annual Glass Addiction Alphabet Marble Contest! Marble artists from all over the United States and also Japan have contributed entries for one or more letters. Which entry has captured the best representation of its letter in the best spherical glass form? You be the judge! Please visit the Glass Addiction forum (glassaddictionforum.com) to see details about the contest and how to vote, and then email our voting committee with your Top 10 selections. Thanks for stopping by!

All marbles sizes below are in inches.
Number One (1)  Letter A
Number One (1)
Letter A
Artist: Tod Brown  Size: 2.23  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Tod Brown
Size: 2.23
Type: Lampworked Boro
A and All Alphs
"A and All Alphs"
Six separate patches of imploded letters float over clear glass, with space between left to allow viewing of mirror images.
Six separate patches of imploded letters float over clear glass, with space between left to allow viewing of mirror images.
Number Two (2)  Letter A
Number Two (2)
Letter A
Artist: Brad Pearson  Size: 1.40  Type: Lampworked Soft Glass
Artist: Brad Pearson
Size: 1.40
Type: Lampworked Soft Glass
Just 'A' Marble
"Just 'A' Marble"
Brad's signature masking technique was used to form an abundance of dancing A's. The marble was tumbled for a matte finish.
Brad's signature masking technique was used to form an abundance of dancing A's. The marble was tumbled for a matte finish.
Number Three (3)  Letter B
Number Three (3)
Letter B
Artist: Sabina Boehm  Size: 1.38  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Sabina Boehm
Size: 1.38
Type: Lampworked Boro
B Kind to Bees
"B Kind to Bees"
This kind of imploded 'B' won't sting, as it floats gracefully inside crystal, with lovely gossamer wings.
This kind of imploded 'B' won't sting, as it floats gracefully inside crystal, with lovely gossamer wings.
Number Four (4)  Letter B
Number Four (4)
Letter B
Artist: Bobbie Seese  Size: 1.99  Type: Lampworked Soft Glass
Artist: Bobbie Seese
Size: 1.99
Type: Lampworked Soft Glass
Bobbie's Aqua 3D Alien World
"Bobbie's Aqua 3D Alien World"
Beautiful cane form the B for Bobbie, while loads of other sweet cane and dichro take you to a far away water planet.
Beautiful cane form the B for Bobbie, while loads of other sweet cane and dichro take you to a far away water planet.
Number Five (5)  Letter C
Number Five (5)
Letter C
Artist: Mike Close  Size: 1.46  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Mike Close
Size: 1.46
Type: Lampworked Boro
C's the Day!
"C's the Day!"
An imploded fumed C is the centerpiece on one side, with a carved and fumed C on the other.  C's it!
An imploded fumed C is the centerpiece on one side, with a carved and fumed C on the other. C's it!
Number Six (6)  Letter C
Number Six (6)
Letter C
Artist: Christina Cody  Size: 1.68  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Christina Cody
Size: 1.68
Type: Lampworked Boro
'C' in my Vortex
"'C' in my Vortex"
C how it floats effortlessly over the dichro vortex!  C that beautiful opal on the back!  C me droolin'!
C how it floats effortlessly over the dichro vortex! C that beautiful opal on the back! C me droolin'!
Number Seven (7)  Letter D
Number Seven (7)
Letter D
Artist: Devin Somerville  Size: 1.57  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Devin Somerville
Size: 1.57
Type: Lampworked Boro
D's Nuts
"D's Nuts"
Two imploded cane D's have 2 acorns exploding out of them.  An oak tree adorns the backside.  These are D's Nuts!
Two imploded cane D's have 2 acorns exploding out of them. An oak tree adorns the backside. These are D's Nuts!
Number Eight (8)  Letter E
Number Eight (8)
Letter E
Artist: Eddie Seese  Size: 2.31  Type: Furnace-worked Soft Glass
Artist: Eddie Seese
Size: 2.31
Type: Furnace-worked Soft Glass
AlphaGrana
"AlphaGrana"
Between sweet filigrana canes are Eddie's E's, 5 per panel, highlighted beautifully against black.  Comes w/ matching stand.
Between sweet filigrana canes are Eddie's E's, 5 per panel, highlighted beautifully against black. Comes w/ matching stand.
Number Nine (9)  Letter F
Number Nine (9)
Letter F
Artist: Nathan Miers  Size: 1.84  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Nathan Miers
Size: 1.84
Type: Lampworked Boro
Ffffffffantastic!
"Ffffffffantastic!"
Some top tube tech was used to create this colorful 'little f', resting over a bed of UV dichro galaxy, with a sweet backside.
Some top tube tech was used to create this colorful 'little f', resting over a bed of UV dichro galaxy, with a sweet backside.
Number Ten (10)  Letter G
Number Ten (10)
Letter G
Artist: Roy 'Gremlin' Hicks  Size: 1.70  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Roy 'Gremlin' Hicks
Size: 1.70
Type: Lampworked Boro
G.F.O.
"G.F.O."
An organic flying saucer carrying its G through deep space navigates a black hole.  Nine G's are on and in the marble.
An organic flying saucer carrying its G through deep space navigates a black hole. Nine G's are on and in the marble.
Number Eleven (11)  Letter G
Number Eleven (11)
Letter G
Artist: Gateson Recko  Size: 1.16  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Gateson Recko
Size: 1.16
Type: Lampworked Boro
G in Recession
"G in Recession"
A sweet green G, carved in shallow relief into an alien landscape, sits above a quad triple red milli backside.
A sweet green G, carved in shallow relief into an alien landscape, sits above a quad triple red milli backside.
Number Twelve (12)  Letter H
Number Twelve (12)
Letter H
Artist: Josh Hamra  Size: 1.05  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Josh Hamra
Size: 1.05
Type: Lampworked Boro
Full House
"Full House"
From Josh's Patchwork Dichro series comes this marble with 6 patches of sizzling green/gold dichro and 8 murrini H's over cobalt
From Josh's Patchwork Dichro series comes this marble with 6 patches of sizzling green/gold dichro and 8 murrini H's over cobalt
Number Thirteen (13)  Letter I
Number Thirteen (13)
Letter I
Artist: Josh Sable  Size: 1.36  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Josh Sable
Size: 1.36
Type: Lampworked Boro
I Yi Yiiiiiiii!
"I Yi Yiiiiiiii!"
The I's have it in implosion heaven, where pulled dots abound. Sweet green&blue surround Josh's double t-bolt milli on the back.
The I's have it in implosion heaven, where pulled dots abound. Sweet green&blue surround Josh's double t-bolt milli on the back.
Number Fourteen (14)  Letter J
Number Fourteen (14)
Letter J
Artist: JD Anderson  Size: 1.53  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: JD Anderson
Size: 1.53
Type: Lampworked Boro
J is for JD's Jelly
"J is for JD's Jelly"
The J's peek out from under the Jellyfish, tangled up in the tentacles.  The backside sports a Jelly Jam fantasy!
The J's peek out from under the Jellyfish, tangled up in the tentacles. The backside sports a Jelly Jam fantasy!
Number Fifteen(15)  Letter K
Number Fifteen(15)
Letter K
Artist: Stan Skipper  Size: 1.83  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Stan Skipper
Size: 1.83
Type: Lampworked Boro
Y2K?
"Y2K?"
K's on both sides done with frit pickups give us a fresh and shiny new perspective on why 2 K's? Could've been just one ya know.
K's on both sides done with frit pickups give us a fresh and shiny new perspective on why 2 K's? Could've been just one ya know.
Number Sixteen (16)  Letter L
Number Sixteen (16)
Letter L
Artist: Zachary Jorgenson  Size: 1.38  Type: Lampworked Soft Glass
Artist: Zachary Jorgenson
Size: 1.38
Type: Lampworked Soft Glass
A Path to Inspiration
"A Path to Inspiration"
A visual narrative of the abstract using cold and hotworked murrine, from the Colt .45 to Garcia-Lorca to dancers & peace.
A visual narrative of the abstract using cold and hotworked murrine, from the Colt .45 to Garcia-Lorca to dancers & peace.
Number Seventeen (17)  Letter M
Number Seventeen (17)
Letter M
Artist: Richard Hollingshead  Size: 1.44  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Richard Hollingshead
Size: 1.44
Type: Lampworked Boro
Magnifico!
"Magnifico!"
An imploded cane-style M bursts up from the Milky depths, while M's galore fill a sweet t-bolt on the back.
An imploded cane-style M bursts up from the Milky depths, while M's galore fill a sweet t-bolt on the back.
Number Eighteen (18)  Letter N
Number Eighteen (18)
Letter N
Artist: Travis Weber  Size: 2.15  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Travis Weber
Size: 2.15
Type: Lampworked Boro
N-trapment
"N-trapment"
A murrine N is trapped in a complex fumed Web(er), while its companion N blazes forth in glory on the gorgeous backside.
A murrine N is trapped in a complex fumed Web(er), while its companion N blazes forth in glory on the gorgeous backside.
Number Nineteen (19)  Letter O
Number Nineteen (19)
Letter O
Artist: Stan Skipper  Size: 1.94  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Stan Skipper
Size: 1.94
Type: Lampworked Boro
O o o - I like this one!
"O o o - I like this one!"
O's abound on this marble done with tubing tech and also some encalm-O.  And don't forget the O-pal!
O's abound on this marble done with tubing tech and also some encalm-O. And don't forget the O-pal!
Number Twenty (20)  Letter O
Number Twenty (20)
Letter O
Artist: JD Anderson  Size: 1.51  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: JD Anderson
Size: 1.51
Type: Lampworked Boro
Ring Toss
"Ring Toss"
O's are everywhere behind this fancy gold jelly, while several of them have hit their mark and are strangling some tentacles.
O's are everywhere behind this fancy gold jelly, while several of them have hit their mark and are strangling some tentacles.
Number Twenty-One (21)  Letter P
Number Twenty-One (21)
Letter P
Artist: Carl Fisher  Size: 2.16  Type: Polymer Clay over Glass Core
Artist: Carl Fisher
Size: 2.16
Type: Polymer Clay over Glass Core
P is for Polymer Clay
"P is for Polymer Clay"
20 individual and unique polymer clay canes, handmade by Carl, are laid over a glass core.  One is an artist self portrait.
20 individual and unique polymer clay canes, handmade by Carl, are laid over a glass core. One is an artist self portrait.
Number Twenty-Two (22)  Letter Q
Number Twenty-Two (22)
Letter Q
Artist: Rob Bartley  Size: 2.04  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Rob Bartley
Size: 2.04
Type: Lampworked Boro
Qlown Fish
"Qlown Fish"
Eleven Qlown fish explode from the cobalt depths in formation, while a myriad of other fish swim both inside the vortex and out.
Eleven Qlown fish explode from the cobalt depths in formation, while a myriad of other fish swim both inside the vortex and out.
Number Twenty-Three (23)  Letter R
Number Twenty-Three (23)
Letter R
Artist: Josh Sable  Size: 1.54  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Josh Sable
Size: 1.54
Type: Lampworked Boro
Rocket
"Rocket"
Black and White work in concert to focus all eyes on the R, Rocketing skyward from the Raking below.
Black and White work in concert to focus all eyes on the R, Rocketing skyward from the Raking below.
Number Twenty-Four (24)  Letter S
Number Twenty-Four (24)
Letter S
Artist: Ken 'Spider' Schneidereit  Size: 1.24  Type: Lampworked Soft Glass
Artist: Ken 'Spider' Schneidereit
Size: 1.24
Type: Lampworked Soft Glass
S is for Songbird
"S is for Songbird"
Two Songbirds Sing together in this special murrine made by Spider, with complementary colors Spiraling on the backside.
Two Songbirds Sing together in this special murrine made by Spider, with complementary colors Spiraling on the backside.
Number Twenty-Five (25)  Letter S
Number Twenty-Five (25)
Letter S
Artist: Richard Hollingshead  Size: 1.78  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Richard Hollingshead
Size: 1.78
Type: Lampworked Boro
Sssup Ladies?
"Sssup Ladies?"
It's an S on a Sweet flowery platter, Spiraling up from the depths, while an S disc says 'Specially for you my lady!'
It's an S on a Sweet flowery platter, Spiraling up from the depths, while an S disc says 'Specially for you my lady!'
Number Twenty-Six (26)  Letter T
Number Twenty-Six (26)
Letter T
Artist: Tod Brown  Size: 2.01  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Tod Brown
Size: 2.01
Type: Lampworked Boro
Ton o' T's
"Ton o' T's"
Using his nifty layered tech, Tod loaded a Ton o' T's in this one, while 'abc Contest' holla's from the back!
Using his nifty layered tech, Tod loaded a Ton o' T's in this one, while 'abc Contest' holla's from the back!
Number Twenty-Seven (27)  Letter T
Number Twenty-Seven (27)
Letter T
Artist: Ayako Hattori  Size: 1.39  Type: Lampworked Satake Glass
Artist: Ayako Hattori
Size: 1.39
Type: Lampworked Satake Glass
T is for Teal Vine Rose
"T is for Teal Vine Rose"
The Tasty T forms the vine for this wondrous display of Teal Roses over a Teal base of soft satake glass.
The Tasty T forms the vine for this wondrous display of Teal Roses over a Teal base of soft satake glass.
Number Twenty-Eight (28)  Letter U
Number Twenty-Eight (28)
Letter U
Artist: Bo Stiff  Size: 1.60  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Bo Stiff
Size: 1.60
Type: Lampworked Boro
Eye Heart U!
"Eye Heart U!"
I love U, I see U, and I want U, as cane and murrine float over a deep blue dichro base, with flower milli and more U's behind.
I love U, I see U, and I want U, as cane and murrine float over a deep blue dichro base, with flower milli and more U's behind.
Number Twenty-Nine (29)  Letter V
Number Twenty-Nine (29)
Letter V
Artist: Steve Willis  Size: 1.13  Type: Lampworked Soft Glass
Artist: Steve Willis
Size: 1.13
Type: Lampworked Soft Glass
Voyage
"Voyage"
Steve transformed silver wire mesh into gold, traveling through the depths of blue space into a golden lutz galaxy.
Steve transformed silver wire mesh into gold, traveling through the depths of blue space into a golden lutz galaxy.
Number Thirty (30)  Letter V
Number Thirty (30)
Letter V
Artist: Mike Close  Size: 2.36  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Mike Close
Size: 2.36
Type: Lampworked Boro
V is for Vortex
"V is for Vortex"
V is indeed for Vortex, as the imploded window states, while V's on the side cheer on their trapped V brother.
V is indeed for Vortex, as the imploded window states, while V's on the side cheer on their trapped V brother.
Number Thirty-One (31)  Letter W
Number Thirty-One (31)
Letter W
Artist: Rich Shelby  Size: 1.86  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Rich Shelby
Size: 1.86
Type: Lampworked Boro
Weightless
"Weightless"
Pure copper, from the chips to the planes to the gravity-free 'W' are encased inside, with a whirlwind of bubbles floating away.
Pure copper, from the chips to the planes to the gravity-free 'W' are encased inside, with a whirlwind of bubbles floating away.
Number Thirty-Two (32)  Letter X
Number Thirty-Two (32)
Letter X
Artist: Brad Pearson  Size: 1.50  Type: Lampworked Soft Glass
Artist: Brad Pearson
Size: 1.50
Type: Lampworked Soft Glass
X Marks the Spot
"X Marks the Spot"
A band of X's marks every spot on the equator in this nicely masked marble, which was tumbled for a sultry matte finish.
A band of X's marks every spot on the equator in this nicely masked marble, which was tumbled for a sultry matte finish.
Number Thirty-Three (33)  Letter X
Number Thirty-Three (33)
Letter X
Artist: Kevin Nail  Size: 1.36  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Kevin Nail
Size: 1.36
Type: Lampworked Boro
The 'Real' XBox 360
"The 'Real' XBox 360"
Bill Gates has got nuthin' on this marble, where sandblasted windows give 360 degree views of Kevin's special rainbow Xbox.
Bill Gates has got nuthin' on this marble, where sandblasted windows give 360 degree views of Kevin's special rainbow Xbox.
Number Thirty-Four (34)  Letter X
Number Thirty-Four (34)
Letter X
Artist: Calvin Sugita  Size: 1.82  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Calvin Sugita
Size: 1.82
Type: Lampworked Boro
Xuberant Jelly
"Xuberant Jelly"
Super shiny golden mirrors serve as backdrops for a quad of imploded X's and their Xuberant backside jellyfish.
Super shiny golden mirrors serve as backdrops for a quad of imploded X's and their Xuberant backside jellyfish.
Number Thirty-Five (35)  Letter Y
Number Thirty-Five (35)
Letter Y
Artist: Ayako Hattori  Size: 1.48  Type: Lampworked Satake Glass
Artist: Ayako Hattori
Size: 1.48
Type: Lampworked Satake Glass
Y is for Yellow Okra Flower
"Y is for Yellow Okra Flower"
The Yellow okra flower vine forms the Y in this tribute to southern fried temptation on a lush green satake base!
The Yellow okra flower vine forms the Y in this tribute to southern fried temptation on a lush green satake base!
Number Thirty-Six (36)  Letter Y
Number Thirty-Six (36)
Letter Y
Artist: James Mills  Size: 1.38  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: James Mills
Size: 1.38
Type: Lampworked Boro
Y? Because it's There!
"Y? Because it's There!"
A fumed 'y' literally explodes from the depths of this galactic vortex, with a fancy pinwheel and scale pattern on the backside.
A fumed 'y' literally explodes from the depths of this galactic vortex, with a fancy pinwheel and scale pattern on the backside.
Number Thirty-Seven (37)  Letter Z
Number Thirty-Seven (37)
Letter Z
Artist: John Bridges  Size: 1.63  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: John Bridges
Size: 1.63
Type: Lampworked Boro
ZAZZ
"ZAZZ"
A 'ZAZZ' with some pizazz, where two puffy Z's hover on two sides over top of a sweet blue twisted core.
A 'ZAZZ' with some pizazz, where two puffy Z's hover on two sides over top of a sweet blue twisted core.
2008 Alphabet Contest
2008 Alphabet Contest
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2008 winners.jpg