On a beautiful Saturday morning, we sat in a room attached to the back of the Moon Marble Company in Bonner Springs, Kansas. We were not alone, as a crowd had gathered for a unique demonstration. Soon we were joined by Bruce Breslow, who was there to create a marble before our eyes. I had never given much thought to how marbles were produced, but imagined an assembly line process. What we were there to witness was an artisan creating one of a kind masterpieces.
While he worked, Bruce explained the processes he employed, as well as sharing some of the history of marble making. He described the struggles they had endured while trying to find a supply of the variety of marbles needed to fit with the wooden toys and games that they produce. After he finished, he invited all of us to enjoy the rest of the store. Since we had barely had time to find a seat before the demonstration, I was eager to spend some time exploring the shelves.
The store displays, and sells, many of the marbles that Bruce has made. There are also glass pieces that have been produced by visiting artists. They stock machine made marbles in a wide range of colors and sizes. The shelves are crammed with all sorts of toys and games for kids of all ages. It was a treat seeing items that I remember from my childhood. It was a wonderful walk down memory lane.
Moon Marble is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Marble making demonstrations are held on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, as long as they have an artist on hand. They begin at 10:30 am and end around 3:00 pm. It is best to call ahead, to be sure you will be able to catch a show. Even if the show is unavailable the store is a great place to while away some time. What are some of the cool toys you remember from your childhood? We bet they have them there.