Collecting Nostalgia: Marbles @ Canberra GlassworksShare Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
Collecting Nostalgia at the Canberra Glassworks evokes memories, not just of your own idiosyncratic collecting, but of the pleasures of the simpler games of yesteryear when for marbles all you needed was a drawstring bag of marbles collected at winning games, with your own distinctive ‘taw’- the biggest knockdown blow the competition away bauble in the bag - a circle in the dirt and a bunch of friends to play with. That’s because this exhibition is about marbles in their many and varied forms curated to exhibit the exquisite possibilities in the hands of a glass artist to extend the simple glass form into an array of exquisite, colourful and collectable marbles.
Tom Moore’s tin cigarette box of his 47 collected and treasured marbles of glass, ceramic and stone orbs sets the scene for a kaleidoscope of colours in the new and definitely untested marbles while Emilie Patteson has embedded seeds in her clear glass creations with an accompanying drawing of each potential plant, now preserved forever. Or will they be? There’s a hint of a Jurassic Park future for the seeds and a reminder of the fossilized resin that is amber so often treasured for the tiny bugs and beetles it encapsulates. And there are so many more variations and interpretations in the exhibition you feel deprived that your own bag of baubles now seems pretty ordinary by comparison. Nostalgia does that to you.
But back to what this exhibition has in store for the family with the Canberra Glassworks joining the Enlighten Festival and the opportunity to join in Marbles: Make, Play, Collect on 4 March from 6-8pm. There will be a tournament and in the tradition of the game winners are keepers.
Opened by Shane Breynard the director of Canberra Museum and Gallery with Gai Brodtmann on hand to support the exhibition and happy to mention her own collecting while reminding us of the game of knuckles (jacks) she used to play. Yes that was the game for the girls, and if you remember boiling down the knucklebones into a pristine white piece of bone you then decorated, don’t tell the grandkids just give them a set and test their dexterity.
Collecting Nostalgia continues at Canberra Glassworks until 24 April