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Cozy Baker, the late doyenne of the kaleidoscope collector community, describes the Ades in her book Kaleidoscope Artistry as follows:
“[The Ades are] two very interesting and talented soul-mates with a zest for life. Registering high in their zest zone are a passion for travel and a devotion to their children and grandchildren. Certainly, their amazing progress in the realm of kaleidoscopes is yet another example of their zest. When they first started making simple glass kaleidoscopes in the mid-1980s in remote Abingdon, Virginia, they didn’t have a clue as to the complex and sophisticated models they would someday be unveiling at the Brewster [kaleidoscope collectors] Society Conventions.
“Bob defines beauty as ‘nature’s wonders, large and small.’ When the Ades moved to the Puget Sound area of Washington State, a nightly view of the North Star inspired Bob to work on mirror systems that would capture the mystique of that brilliant star…Glass continues to be the Ades’ medium, in both the bodies and the lamp-worked pieces for the object cells of their kaleidoscopes. They also create very complex mirror configurations and variations of the polyangular mirror systems in their larger parlor scope styles.”
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