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Glass blower Loretta Eby is literally having a ball with her creative endeavors. The Oconee artist has again made buoyant glass balls for the annual Jekyll Island Treasures Program. 

Jekyll Island picks artists from across the country to create signature glass floating balls for the event, which runs from January until the end of February. The event entails a hide-and-seek style game.

Volunteers called Beach Buddies hide clear globes around the island for guests to find and then redeem for a real glass float like Eby’s at the Jekyll Island Guest Information Center Gift Shop. 

Eby has been sculpting glass pieces for almost 50 years. Since 1984, she and her partner, fellow artist Jeff Jackson, have been working out of Happy Valley Pottery. They have participated in art shows around the United States and done various wholesale endeavors. 

She has also made products for the Biltmore Estate and ornaments for the city of Watkinsville. 

Eby crafted her first set of floating balls for Jekyll Island in 2005. Since then, she’s kept up making both the floats and other island-themed ornaments. 

For more on this story, see the Feb. 18 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website.

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