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2009 Alphabet Marble Contest

Welcome to the 5th Annual Glass Addiction Alphabet Marble Contest! Marble artists from all over the United States 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. Please click on any thumbnail to see the larger image.
Number One (1)  Letter A
Number One (1)
Letter A
Artist: Tod Brown  Size: 1.51  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Tod Brown
Size: 1.51
Type: Lampworked Boro
Moonscape Alph
"Moonscape Alph"
Todd's signature moon landscape, with Moon Rocks pushed through to form 'ABC 09', encased under a lens.
Todd's signature moon landscape, with Moon Rocks pushed through to form 'ABC 09', encased under a lens.
Number Two (2)  Letter A
Number Two (2)
Letter A
Artist: Chris Juedemann  Size: 0.68  Type: Lampworked/Coldworked Soft Glass
Artist: Chris Juedemann
Size: 0.68
Type: Lampworked/Coldworked Soft Glass
Good Day, Eh?
"Good Day, Eh?"
Ha, do you get it? Chris built a murrine cane w/ the Canadian maple leaf, then a sphere grinder turned that cane into a marble.
Ha, do you get it? Chris built a murrine cane w/ the Canadian maple leaf, then a sphere grinder turned that cane into a marble.
Number Three (3)  Letter A
Number Three (3)
Letter A
Artist: Mike Gong  Size: 2.54  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Mike Gong
Size: 2.54
Type: Lampworked Boro
All Together Now
"All Together Now"
Yep, it's the alphabet entire, all together now. The pics don't capture it well, but a wigwag vortex w/ opal sinks behind it.
Yep, it's the alphabet entire, all together now. The pics don't capture it well, but a wigwag vortex w/ opal sinks behind it.
Number Four (4)  Letter B
Number Four (4)
Letter B
Artist: Josh Sable  Size: 1.35  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Josh Sable
Size: 1.35
Type: Lampworked Boro
Bbbbbolt!
"Bbbbbolt!"
A center B, 8 surrounding B's and dots galore explode to the surface,while 6 of Josh's signature Tbolt millis surround the back.
A center B, 8 surrounding B's and dots galore explode to the surface,while 6 of Josh's signature Tbolt millis surround the back.
Number Five (5)  Letter B
Number Five (5)
Letter B
Artist: Ron Bearer Jr.  Size: 1.36  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Ron Bearer Jr.
Size: 1.36
Type: Lampworked Boro
B in a Flower
"B in a Flower"
A 'B' implodes out of this stunning flower, made with 11 different Northstar colors and fumed 22kt gold.
A 'B' implodes out of this stunning flower, made with 11 different Northstar colors and fumed 22kt gold.
Number Six (6)  Letter C
Number Six (6)
Letter C
Artist: Nate Snyder  Size: 0.51  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Nate Snyder
Size: 0.51
Type: Lampworked Boro
C Me
"C Me"
A teensy-weensy marble with an even teensier C imploding upwards from the very ethereal and mini-bubbly base.
A teensy-weensy marble with an even teensier C imploding upwards from the very ethereal and mini-bubbly base.
Number Seven (7)  Letter D
Number Seven (7)
Letter D
Artist: Devin Somerville  Size: 2.05  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Devin Somerville
Size: 2.05
Type: Lampworked Boro
Dicey
"Dicey"
Perfectly smooth on the outside, this marble is hollow and ribbed on the inside, with a D-Die suspended within.
Perfectly smooth on the outside, this marble is hollow and ribbed on the inside, with a D-Die suspended within.
Number Eight (8)  Letter D
Number Eight (8)
Letter D
Artist: Jesse DeMoss  Size: 2.55  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Jesse DeMoss
Size: 2.55
Type: Lampworked Boro
D is for Desert
"D is for Desert"
A signature DeMoss Desert Scene with a half moon 'D' in the night sky, a river running through,and sky explosions light the sky.
A signature DeMoss Desert Scene with a half moon 'D' in the night sky, a river running through,and sky explosions light the sky.
Number Nine (9)  Letter E
Number Nine (9)
Letter E
Artist: Harry Kravet  Size: 1.41  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Harry Kravet
Size: 1.41
Type: Lampworked Boro
Elements
"Elements"
Harry combined the elements of fire and water into this wig-wagged 'E', while pinwheels trail off to the backside.
Harry combined the elements of fire and water into this wig-wagged 'E', while pinwheels trail off to the backside.
Number Ten (10)  Letter E
Number Ten (10)
Letter E
Artist: Erik Johnson  Size: 0.99  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Erik Johnson
Size: 0.99
Type: Lampworked Boro
EZ Twist
"EZ Twist"
Swirls and whirls of glass bring this 'e' to life, twisting and turning from the artist's mind.
Swirls and whirls of glass bring this 'e' to life, twisting and turning from the artist's mind.
Number Eleven (11)  Letter F
Number Eleven (11)
Letter F
Artist: Jahfree  Size: 1.42  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Jahfree
Size: 1.42
Type: Lampworked Boro
Fancy Fine
"Fancy Fine"
This F sprouts up out of a flower implosion, while fancy dot work turns into another F on the backside.
This F sprouts up out of a flower implosion, while fancy dot work turns into another F on the backside.
Number Twelve (12)  Letter G
Number Twelve (12)
Letter G
Artist: Gateson Recko  Size: 1.68  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Gateson Recko
Size: 1.68
Type: Lampworked Boro
G-String
"G-String"
Gateson combined two of his signature elements in this one, with his 'String Theory' style forming the G, and Empyrean backside.
Gateson combined two of his signature elements in this one, with his 'String Theory' style forming the G, and Empyrean backside.
Number Thirteen (13)  Letter G
Number Thirteen (13)
Letter G
Artist: Rich Shelby  Size: 2.09  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Rich Shelby
Size: 2.09
Type: Lampworked Boro
Grand Twister
"Grand Twister"
What's inside?  Both 99.9% silver and 100% copper are twisted together into this G, then encased over top of bubble bullets.
What's inside? Both 99.9% silver and 100% copper are twisted together into this G, then encased over top of bubble bullets.
Number Fourteen (14)  Letter H
Number Fourteen (14)
Letter H
Artist: Nate Snyder  Size: 0.81  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Nate Snyder
Size: 0.81
Type: Lampworked Boro
The Happening
"The Happening"
This fumed and mysterious 'H' explodes upwards from the depths of space.  But is that what's Happening?
This fumed and mysterious 'H' explodes upwards from the depths of space. But is that what's Happening?
Number Fifteen(15)  Letter I
Number Fifteen(15)
Letter I
Artist: Jesse DeMoss  Size: 2.13  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Jesse DeMoss
Size: 2.13
Type: Lampworked Boro
I is for Tree
"I is for Tree"
Jesse's sense of humor, ha - nobody said it had to make sense! The roots, trunk and branches of both trees make the letter I.
Jesse's sense of humor, ha - "nobody said it had to make sense!" The roots, trunk and branches of both trees make the letter I.
Number Sixteen (16)  Letter J
Number Sixteen (16)
Letter J
Artist: Jahfree  Size: 1.10  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Jahfree
Size: 1.10
Type: Lampworked Boro
Jammer
"Jammer"
This J floats on the bottom of a lensed marble, created amidst an imploded pattern of squigs and wigs.
This J floats on the bottom of a lensed marble, created amidst an imploded pattern of squigs and wigs.
Number Seventeen (17)  Letter K
Number Seventeen (17)
Letter K
Artist: Christina Cody  Size: 1.40  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Christina Cody
Size: 1.40
Type: Lampworked Boro
Katcher in the Round
"Katcher in the Round"
A K is Kaught in this flower, Kan it esKape?  Don't Kount on it from the Katcher in the Round.
A K is Kaught in this flower, Kan it esKape? Don't Kount on it from the Katcher in the Round.
Number Eighteen (18)  Letter L
Number Eighteen (18)
Letter L
Artist: Aimee Katherman-LePri  Size: 1.55  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Aimee Katherman-LePri
Size: 1.55
Type: Lampworked Boro
L is for Lily
"L is for Lily"
Six Lilies, and even more L's (8 to be exact) surround this 6-way marble, side to side and top to bottom. 4 of the lilies shown.
Six Lilies, and even more L's (8 to be exact) surround this 6-way marble, side to side and top to bottom. 4 of the lilies shown.
Number Nineteen (19)  Letter M
Number Nineteen (19)
Letter M
Artist: Richard Hollingshead II  Size: 1.70  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Richard Hollingshead II
Size: 1.70
Type: Lampworked Boro
M-fest Destiny
"M-fest Destiny"
M's galore, a Marble's destiny - a fancy UV glo glass M is displayed in the wigwag, while many M's implode from the back side.
M's galore, a Marble's destiny - a fancy UV glo glass M is displayed in the wigwag, while many M's implode from the back side.
Number Twenty (20)  Letter M
Number Twenty (20)
Letter M
Artist: James Yaun  Size: 2.10  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: James Yaun
Size: 2.10
Type: Lampworked Boro
Mystical
"Mystical"
This M is on a Magical, Mystery tour, with a fumed M hovering over a vortex, an M band on the equator,& another fumed M on back.
This M is on a Magical, Mystery tour, with a fumed M hovering over a vortex, an M band on the equator,& another fumed M on back.
Number Twenty-One (21)  Letter N
Number Twenty-One (21)
Letter N
Artist: Zachary Jorgenson  Size: 2.26  Type: Lampworked Soft Glass
Artist: Zachary Jorgenson
Size: 2.26
Type: Lampworked Soft Glass
N is for Narwhal
"N is for Narwhal"
Tri-fishy N's surround this Narwhal murrine scene, a disk encased in clear.  Check out that detail.
Tri-fishy N's surround this Narwhal murrine scene, a disk encased in clear. Check out that detail.
Number Twenty-Two (22)  Letter O
Number Twenty-Two (22)
Letter O
Artist: Jahfree  Size: 2.34  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Jahfree
Size: 2.34
Type: Lampworked Boro
O NO!
"O NO!"
O is for Opals (two in different windows), dichrO, UV hOneycOmb, dracOnis (type of glass used) and fOur way patchwOrk.
O is for Opals (two in different windows), dichrO, UV hOneycOmb, dracOnis (type of glass used) and fOur way patchwOrk.
Number Twenty-Three (23)  Letter P
Number Twenty-Three (23)
Letter P
Artist: Andy Paulison  Size: 1.49  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Andy Paulison
Size: 1.49
Type: Lampworked Boro
Panic Room
"Panic Room"
This sculpted 'P' has a room with a view behind it, a startlingly beautiful view.  Gorgeous pinwheeling complements the back.
This sculpted 'P' has a room with a view behind it, a startlingly beautiful view. Gorgeous pinwheeling complements the back.
Number Twenty-Four (24)  Letter Q
Number Twenty-Four (24)
Letter Q
Artist: Stan Skipper  Size: 2.01  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Stan Skipper
Size: 2.01
Type: Lampworked Boro
Q-Star
"Q-Star"
This one has it ALL - fumed implosion with galaxy behind, wig-wag back with opal in front, pinwheeling tying it all together.
This one has it ALL - fumed implosion with galaxy behind, wig-wag back with opal in front, pinwheeling tying it all together.
Number Twenty-Five (25)  Letter R
Number Twenty-Five (25)
Letter R
Artist: Gateson Recko  Size: 1.51  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Gateson Recko
Size: 1.51
Type: Lampworked Boro
Rising Star
"Rising Star"
Gateson's 'String Theory' style is used here, with a star milli mixed in and all pushed domeward, & a latticino base to top it.
Gateson's 'String Theory' style is used here, with a star milli mixed in and all pushed domeward, & a latticino base to top it.
Number Twenty-Six (26)  Letter R
Number Twenty-Six (26)
Letter R
Artist: Erik Johnson  Size: 1.18  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Erik Johnson
Size: 1.18
Type: Lampworked Boro
PomegRRRRanate
"PomegRRRRanate"
The fascination of glass - frit encased and swirled at the end of a tube, with a pomegranate implosion behind the R, with latty.
The fascination of glass - frit encased and swirled at the end of a tube, with a pomegranate implosion behind the R, with latty.
Number Twenty-Seven (27)  Letter S
Number Twenty-Seven (27)
Letter S
Artist: Richard Hollingshead II  Size: 1.37  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Richard Hollingshead II
Size: 1.37
Type: Lampworked Boro
Swissles
"Swissles"
A focal wigwag 'S' tops this marble, which then descends to a collection of imploded 'S' worms, swissled all over.
A focal wigwag 'S' tops this marble, which then descends to a collection of imploded 'S' worms, swissled all over.
Number Twenty-Eight (28)  Letter S
Number Twenty-Eight (28)
Letter S
Artist: Travis Weber  Size: 2.19  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Travis Weber
Size: 2.19
Type: Lampworked Boro
Sssssunken Treasure
"Sssssunken Treasure"
This S is WAY down there, sunk in a vortex within a big vortex, with 4 more vortices attached to the wall. Raked back completes.
This S is WAY down there, sunk in a vortex within a big vortex, with 4 more vortices attached to the wall. Raked back completes.
Number Twenty-Nine (29)  Letter T
Number Twenty-Nine (29)
Letter T
Artist: Tod Brown  Size: 1.48  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Tod Brown
Size: 1.48
Type: Lampworked Boro
Alien Moon Landing Strip
"Alien Moon Landing Strip"
This one is in Todd's 'organ moon landscape' style, but this time the aliens have a place to land.  The T is sculpted & encased.
This one is in Todd's 'organ moon landscape' style, but this time the aliens have a place to land. The T is sculpted & encased.
Number Thirty (30)  Letter U
Number Thirty (30)
Letter U
Artist: Jason Hills  Size: 1.45  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Jason Hills
Size: 1.45
Type: Lampworked Boro
U Got Bling
"U Got Bling"
Ever seen an opal like this? Jason created a U-shaped opal, and floated it over a gold and silver fumed vortex,w/ gold dot back.
Ever seen an opal like this? Jason created a U-shaped opal, and floated it over a gold and silver fumed vortex,w/ gold dot back.
Number Thirty-One (31)  Letter V
Number Thirty-One (31)
Letter V
Artist: Paul Katherman  Size: 1.50  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Paul Katherman
Size: 1.50
Type: Lampworked Boro
V is for Vicious
"V is for Vicious"
Don't get caught in this guy's mouth, where those V's will eat you. Paul's classic people-eater style, this time with a face.
Don't get caught in this guy's mouth, where those V's will eat you. Paul's classic people-eater style, this time with a face.
Number Thirty-Two (32)  Letter W
Number Thirty-Two (32)
Letter W
Artist: James Yaun  Size: 2.73  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: James Yaun
Size: 2.73
Type: Lampworked Boro
Wild!
"Wild!"
A big 'W' explodes out of the bottom of this vortex, made from lots of silver and gold fuming, while W's surround the equator.
A big 'W' explodes out of the bottom of this vortex, made from lots of silver and gold fuming, while W's surround the equator.
Number Thirty-Three (33)  Letter X
Number Thirty-Three (33)
Letter X
Artist: Jeremy Sinkus  Size: 1.83  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Jeremy Sinkus
Size: 1.83
Type: Lampworked Boro
Starfish Amputee
"Starfish Amputee"
Poor little guy - seems he has lost one of his 5 legs and has now become the centerpiece of an ocean floor 'X' marble.
Poor little guy - seems he has lost one of his 5 legs and has now become the centerpiece of an ocean floor 'X' marble.
Number Thirty-Four (34)  Letter X
Number Thirty-Four (34)
Letter X
Artist: Ken 'Spider' Schneidereit  Size: 1.95  Type: Lampworked Soft Glass
Artist: Ken 'Spider' Schneidereit
Size: 1.95
Type: Lampworked Soft Glass
Skull and Xross Bones
"Skull and Xross Bones"
Ken made a classic murrina,with this skull's bones becoming the X.That same X is seen in the galleon's sail on the back as well.
Ken made a classic murrina,with this skull's bones becoming the X.That same X is seen in the galleon's sail on the back as well.
Number Thirty-Five (35)  Letter X
Number Thirty-Five (35)
Letter X
Artist: Ben Burton  Size: 1.72  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Ben Burton
Size: 1.72
Type: Lampworked Boro
Treasure Island - X Marks the Spot!
"Treasure Island - X Marks the Spot!"
X marks the spot for this opal treasure.The palm fronds created a 2nd X, in case you miss the big red one.Comes w/ treasure map.
X marks the spot for this opal treasure.The palm fronds created a 2nd X, in case you miss the big red one.Comes w/ treasure map.
Number Thirty-Six (36)  Letter X
Number Thirty-Six (36)
Letter X
Artist: Brad Pearson  Size: 1.40  Type: Lampworked Soft Glass
Artist: Brad Pearson
Size: 1.40
Type: Lampworked Soft Glass
xoxoxox
"xoxoxox"
Seven big yella' X's surround this marble, done w/ Brad's masking technique. The marble is acid etched to complete the look.
Seven big yella' X's surround this marble, done w/ Brad's masking technique. The marble is acid etched to complete the look.
Number Thirty-Seven (37)  Letter Y
Number Thirty-Seven (37)
Letter Y
Artist: Nathan Miers  Size: 1.47  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: Nathan Miers
Size: 1.47
Type: Lampworked Boro
Y Be Negative
"Y Be Negative"
The negative space between the 3 watchers creates this Y. Nate created another patterned Y on the back, w/ pinwheeled equator.
The negative space between the 3 watchers creates this Y. Nate created another patterned Y on the back, w/ pinwheeled equator.
Number Thirty-Eight (38)  Letter Z
Number Thirty-Eight (38)
Letter Z
Artist: John Bridges  Size: 1.83  Type: Lampworked Boro
Artist: John Bridges
Size: 1.83
Type: Lampworked Boro
In the Moon Dream
"In the Moon Dream"
An imploded fingernail moon dreams w/ Z's,and as we pass the dream threshold to the back, we see a spiral soup of dreamy images.
An imploded fingernail moon dreams w/ Z's,and as we pass the dream threshold to the back, we see a spiral soup of dreamy images.
Number Thirty-Nine (39)  Letter Z
Number Thirty-Nine (39)
Letter Z
Artist: Margaret Zinser  Size: 1.68  Type: Lampworked Soft Glass
Artist: Margaret Zinser
Size: 1.68
Type: Lampworked Soft Glass
Zinser's Zeitgeist
"Zinser's Zeitgeist"
Z, in 52 words or less, handpainted w/ enamels on a cooled glass base, back in the flame to vitrify, never to be made again.
Z, in 52 words or less, handpainted w/ enamels on a cooled glass base, back in the flame to vitrify, never to be made again.
2009 GA Alphabet Contest
2009 GA Alphabet Contest