By the time December of last year rolled around, my family had been participating in the World’s Biggest Marble Hunt for several months. During that time we had found many breathtaking marbles created by some of the most talented artists in the world including Geoffrey Beetem, Topher Reynolds, and Tucker Heebner. One artist whose iconic marbles we were never able to find due to proximity and timing was Chad Parker.
Participating in the World’s Biggest Marble Hunt has been an amazing experience for me and my family. It is no exaggeration to say that it is as much fun for me to hide marbles and dole out clues as it is to hunt for them in the wild. That said, my family and I have found some truly spectacular marbles. I am consistently stunned by their beauty and the artisanship that went to creating them.
Like my children, I love them all equally, but again like my children, one will always outshine the rest.* This week I found that marble, a Geoffrey Beetem Earth marble, hidden here in Carlisle by the artist himself. Geoffrey Beetem is a world class master glass artist with few peers.
John McLear is a class act. I wish I had a taller mountain to shout this from so that I could let the world know that even though Kickstarter horror stories seem to be a dime a dozen these days, Mr. McLear and his eponymous company, McLear Ltd., are a stellar example of Kickstarter done right. They will be the benchmark by which I evaluate all future projects that I support.
Having already backed a few projects, I was already familiar with Kickstarter when in the summer of 2013 I stumbled on John McLear’s project to create a ring embedded with a pair of NFC tags. I believe that by the time I made my pledge, the project was on fire, having already exceeded its funding goal and then some. Between an amazing idea and immense amount of upfront R&D, it was easy to see why it was so popular.