As many of you have heard me say before, my mission is “to bring marbling to the masses.” I love this art form so much and want everyone to experience the wonder and awe of its beauty, magic, and intricacies. And behind every marbled piece, there is an artist that is just as magical and intricate and beautiful.
As I dive deeper and deeper into the world of marbling, I am continuously exposed to so many of the art form’s wonderful contributors. And, wowaz, are these contributors diverse and vast—geographically, stylistically, generationally, creatively, and technically. If I had all the time and money in the world, I would visit every single artist in his or her studio and experience marbling through their eyes and actions. I always tell my students that every marbler does things differently and so much can be gained, even for professional marblers, by working with, or even simply observing, another marbler in action.
But alas, we can’t visit every marbler so I’ve decided to bring them to us. I’m starting a series called Meet the Marbler where I’ll interview marbling artists—ones I’ve met, ones I’ve taken lessons from, ones I admire from a distance, and even students who have gone on to integrate marbling into their existing creative practices. From the tiny pockets of the world we live in, this is a series dedicated to bringing us together by sharing marbling stories, talking about the ups and downs and pleasant surprises at the tank, getting a peek inside marbling studios, and shining a spotlight on the gems—large and small—that make up this remarkable art form.
And I could not be happier to kick off this series with a stellar interview with Dan and Regina St. John of Chena Rivers Marblers. Stay tuned for the publication of their delightful, insightful story on my blog on Tuesday, September 4.
I have a lovely line up of interviews ready to share every month or so, but I would love to hear from you who you would like to see featured in Meet the Marbler. Send me your suggestions, along with two or three questions you are dying to ask them, to Cheers@BarbSkoog.com.