Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Southern California Marble Show

Any Marble makers out there? Marble lovers and collectors??? I'm sure!

An interesting turn of events in the glass world of So. Cal. Beloved boro teacher and marble maker, Mike Close has decided to work and live in Thailand for several years. What's to happen to the Marble show he ran???

Beloved soft glass marble maker, Rich Shelby has stepped up and taken over. And as of early December, almost all of the booths at the show were sold. With just a few spaces open, Rich says, "I'm not sure if I should be thrilled or frightened!"

I've known Rich for.... decades! I first met him at the INCREDIBLE rubber stamp shop his wife Laurie owned and Rich worked at when not at his day job. He's such a sweet and talented guy - Who wouldn't say that about one of Santa's twin "helpers" who poses for pics at Christmas fairs??? (That beard is REAL!)

Rich was also one of the rare male guests I got to produce on the Carol Duvall Show...Rich made a rubber stamped clock.

And then one day, I was at a glass meeting... and there was Rich. He makes beautiful marbles and is a kind and patient teacher.

And thanks to him, the marble show goes on! It will be held on March 20, 2010 in Fullerton at the Anaheim Park Hotel. For hotel reservations: 714-992-1700.

To see if there is a booth available, contact Rich: richshelby (at) ca.rr.com.

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