Colman millefiori paperweight style marble
Gerry and Pat Colman are renowned glass artisans from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Their well-crafted lampworked marbles are among the most popular paperweight style orbs collected today. The Colmans have donated twelve examples of their art glass marbles to our National Marble Museum collection.
From the desk of Gerry Colman: I started collecting marbles in 1991. In 1993 I observed a lampworker making beads on the torch. After his demonstration I asked if he could show me how to make marbles. His experience at making marbles was restricted, but he did give me a good working knowledge of working with soft glass. After taking private lessons from some of the top names in the art glass industry, I started to apply their techniques to making marbles.In 1995 I produced a video, The Basics of Making Marbles.” The video has done very well, and many contemporary marble makers started with the video as their first instruction.
My wife Pat has always taken an active part in my marbles, and in 1999 she helped develop and design our latest millefiori marbles. Now, I work along side of my wife which makes my day much more pleasant!
I am the past president of the New Mexico Marble Association, and a lifetime member of the Marble Collectors Society of America. I am also a member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers.
Colman art glass marbles are found in the finest art glass collections around the world.
The Museum of American Glass in West Virginia wishes to thank Gerry and Pat Colman for donating to The National Marble Museum. Their unique designs are now a spectacular part of the marble display.
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