Deer on Torch

deer in torch

I often see movement just outside my direct line of sight while I am on the torch. This time I grabbed my camera to prove I am not going crazy. The apple tree, just out of the view of the window, and not my glassblowing might have something to do with the attraction the deer have to that area.


deer in torch

deer in window

Roger’s Helper at Pratt on the News

Roger’s Helper at Pratt on the News


Cheryl Matson showed how she uses flame working to create a small glass fish on TV.

Cheryl Matson of the Pratt Fine Arts Center works on a portable flame working station to demonstrate how to make a glass fish before diving into other courses held at the center. Cheryl Matson took a break from the Roger Parramore class I attended to appear on a Seattle morning show. Great class and great teaching assistant.

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Worlds Biggest Marble Hunt – Eugene, Oregon

Lost in Eugene

marble hunt

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, July 22, 2016

David Kingman

The World’s Biggest Marble Hunt  – Eugene, Oregon

The World’s Biggest Treasure Hunt is Happening: Right in Your Backyard

Local artist David Kingman, goes down in history by joining The World’s Biggest Marble Hunt…and now, you can too!

Celebrate National Marble Day, July 23rd, by going on the adventure of a lifetime…right here in your hometown. Local Flameworker David Kingman has brought The World’s Biggest Marble Hunt to Eugene/Springfield

Now, it’s up to you to join the hunt.

Starting July 23rd, artists from all over the world will hide their marbles. The World’s Biggest Marble Hunt will include over 10,000 marbles.

“This Is An Exciting Time To Be In The Marble World As Both An Artist and Collector because the innovations of the last few years have moved the avocation to new levels”

Follow the posts on social media for your clues, hints, and locations. Team up with your friends and family to find treasure.

Cherish and keep your marble forever. The perfect start to any art collection. And the perfect addition to any collection you already have.

When you find your marble, just go on Facebook and mark it as found and thank the artist. This event is ongoing. Marbles will be hidden frequently all over the world.

Be sure to follow @kingmanarts on Instagram and on Facebook and @Kingman_Arts on Twitter join The World’s Biggest Marble Hunt Facebook Group so you don’t miss out on this free, historic, and fun event.

“This event is great fun for all ages and lets collectors become familiar with current glass artists“ says David Kingman.

In less than a year, Facebook Group Black Market Marbles grew from 0 to over 13,000 members. Marbles & Things has added more than 5,000 members in the last few months. There are many more Facebook Groups and Instagram Accounts – these numbers are only the beginning and they’re expected to skyrocket in 2016/2017.

Never a better time to join this community of artists and collectors.

Go down in history, join The World’s Biggest Marble Hunt group to meet the artists. Get your clues. Find your hometown. See gorgeous pictures/teasers for the marbles available.

You can join the hunt absolutely free! This is all for fun, to start or add to your art collection, and embrace your local community.

ABOUT: David Kingman graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a major in Graphic Design. He has always been interested and worked in various media including Jewelry, Wood Sculpture, Stained and Fused Art Glass, Photography as well as Watercolor and Oil Painting.

More recently, since 2013, David has been creating Flame Worked, or Lampworked glass art using a torch. This incorporates many of the same techniques of traditional furnace glassblowing and is often referred to as Glassblowing in recent years.

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Worlds Biggest Marble Hunt

Worlds Biggest Marble Hunt – It Begins!

Lost these in Seattle for Worlds Biggest Marble Hunt


Marble-less in Seattle


Find out more:

This World Wide Treasure Hunt is open to everyone as long as they respect the rules that are set forth for the hunts. To join the fun all you need to do is join the Facebook group “World’s Biggest Marble Hunt” and then on July 23, 2016 pictures and clues for these beautiful marbles will begin being posted for all to start finding.

Treasure hunting has been happening since the dawn of mankind. This will be the first time that a world wide treasure hunt has been organized using social media for everybody to join in on globally.

Worlds Biggest Marble Hunt Website

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How to pronounce the word GIF

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Animated gif
Attribution: David Szakaly.

Recently it has become trendy to pronounce the CompuServe image file format GIF
as gift without the ‘t’.

The inventor of the file format, Steve Wilhite, pronounces it as Jiff, like the peanut butter.

“The creators of the format pronounced GIF as “jif” with a soft “G” /ˈdʒɪf/ as in “gin”. Steve Wilhite says that the intended pronunciation deliberately echoes the American peanut butter brand Jif, and CompuServe employees would often say “Choosy developers choose GIF”, spoofing this brand’s television commercials.”

I don’t know why some Gen Xers and Millennials insist everyone pronouncing it like the peanut butter is wrong, you know who you are Cris Hardwick @hardwick.

Source: GIF – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia