Archive for Friday, March 7, 2014

Lawrence teen finds passion and artistry in marble making

Zachary Batterman, 17, is the youngest artist at this year's Marble Crazy at Moon Marble Co.

Zachary Batterman, 17, is the youngest artist at this year's Marble Crazy at Moon Marble Co.

March 7, 2014

Zachary Batterman never played with marbles growing up in Lawrence and never considered them a form of art until he saw his older brother make one.

It was two years ago that his brother Jimmy Batterman, 21, made a marble for Zachary and hooked Zachary into the art. Now, at the age of 17, Zachary is the youngest marble artist at Mable Crazy at Moon Marble Co.

"I wanted to learn how it's all done," Zachary said Friday sitting at his own display table. "Obviously there's so much you can do."

This is Zachary's second year at Marble Crazy, but his first year alone. Last year, he shared a table with his brother.

Zachary said it wasn't until his brother introduced him to Moon Marble Co., the process of making marbles, and the intricate marbles themselves that he found a passion for molding glass into spherical pieces of art.

"I had no idea anything like this existed," he said.

Now, he wants to make a career out of it. Zachary is a junior at Lawrence Free State High School and wants to study art at Salem Community College in New Jersey, which has a Glass Art Design degree.

Zachary is displaying several marbles with flower, vortex, and celestial designs at Marble Crazy.

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