Discoveries...America Special Edition, Marbles - Ancient Art & Modern Play - There's something enchanting in an object so perfectly round it will roll in any direction sent. The marble has fascinated man since Roman times when stones were ground to round for the amusement of the ancients. Now there is an enthusiastic group of young marble players... Mibsters...who each year, compete for a place at the National Marbles Tournament in Wildwood, New Jersey. This is the first and oldest organized children's sporting event, consisting of two divisions for boys and girls aged 7-14. The champions are then inducted into the Marbles Hall of Fame, also located in Wildwood, NJ. Antique marbles are enthusiastically collected, possessed and traded at the annual MarbleFest in Cairo, West Virginia. The United States, at one time, boasted well over 200 marble makers in West Virginia and the Ohio River valley. Now, family owned and operated Marble King is one of only two to survive in the U.S. and currently produce over one million marbles a day! The process of converting recycled glass into perfect marbles is absolutely mesmerizing! There's a new generation of boutique marble makers. Glass artists Steve Davis and Eddie Seese demonstrate how they create beautiful pieces so gorgeous they are on display in private collections, galleries and museums around the world.
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