Thursday, December 29, 2011

I.S.S. in the Real World

Dear Friends,

We at the International Sphaeralogical Society are pleased to say that the story of our mission is growing.  Throughout the holiday season, we have continued to spread the word of our efforts to promote and explore the mysteries of the Super Ball©.  This time of year - it being a time of giving and gifts - we found that our I.S.S. Merchandise spoke the loudest.

So here, please find the first series of photos of our Sphaeravesti and Sphaeragemmae on real people and in the real world.


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The MUST HAVE Accessories of 2011!!!!

On Tiny Tots.

@n Twitter Tweens.

On Hipster Grannies.

On Drama Queens!

 On Quizzical Marcus?

On Quirky Jeff.

On the CBG's.

Et Sur la Chef!

On Girls with Bicycles.

On Rearview Mirrors.

Hip, Hoorah to the Super Ball©!

1...2....3... Cheers!

An updated view of the full offerings of Sphaeragemmae

The craftspeople at the I.S.S. have been busy churning out pieces of jewelry made of surplus Super Balls. 

We hope you enjoy the latest images of the collections (now better merchandised), which are available for purchase.

If you are interested, please contact our Chief Sphaeralogist, Henry J. Simonds at


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Monday, December 19, 2011

The I.S.S. Presents "Sphaeravesti"

The Founders of the International Sphaeralogical Society are proud to offer to the public our first Official Sphaeralogical T-Shirt Line!

Celebrate your love for all things bouncy with your very own Super Ball Tee!

These limited edition Tees - designed by Brian Holderman for the I.S.S. - are currently available only  through the I.S.S.

We can accept checks or PayPal transfers, but will soon have them available for on-line ordering.

Get them while they're hot ....AND AVAILABLE!!!!!


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PS - One more style to follow shortly!

 I.S.S. Crew Tee

Available in S, M, L, Xl, 2XL
 Women's Over-Size Tee

One Size Fits All (Differently!) :-(
 Classic White Tee w/ Green Swirl

Available in S, M, L, XL, 2XL
Black Tour Tee

Available in S, M, L, XL, 2XL
Hipster Silver Tee

Available in S, M, L, XL, 2XL

Thursday, November 17, 2011

ISS Presents Sphaeralogically Themed Walking Sticks

As you can imagine, Sphaeralogists tend to be a pretty sophisticated bunch.  Prone to reflexion and perambulation, they often find a cane a great support to their ramblings.  You'll find here examples of two hand made custom walking sticks made for the founders of the I.S.S.  If you too find yourself weak from considering the Coefficient of Restitution of your favorite ball, you may need one of these customs jobs for yourself.


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"The Principal's Cane"

"Michael's Cane"

Monday, November 14, 2011

SLIDELUCK 2nd Annual Fundraiser

Founder Henry J. Simonds was proud to have a piece (SJ1-PR, 2011) featured in the silent auction at this year's Slideluck Potshow Annual Fundraiser.  Featuring several dozen works, including those of Patrick McMullen, Spencer Tunick, and Shepard Fairey, the annual event and auction raises money to support Slideluck's event programming and educational initiatives.

Check the links here for the auction items and for future Slideluck Potshow events.

Slideluck Potshow
Slideluck Auction
Slideluck 2nd Annual

And a few pics with the photo on the wall behind some beautiful people.


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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Hypersphaerae in Space!

Requiem lives on!  

Two of the photographs from the show were included in a short exhibition at the Charles Bank Gallery last week.  The show, Celestial Matters, included works that had been in space as well as those inspired by the final frontier.

Buzz Aldrin was in attendance at the grand event on Oct. 14th.

Check out these links for more info on the show and the presenting org.

Best, The Founders

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sony Bravia - Sphaeralogical Bliss!

Nothing captures the elegance and wonder of the Super Ball© like this Sony Bravia commercial.  250,000 bouncy balls dropped down the streets of San Francisco.  It is mesmerizing and beautiful!


Sony Bravia - Super Balls

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Requiem on 52Exhibits

Hey Friends,

Just discovered this blog post about the show, Requiem for the Super Balls©.

The author is a young graphic designer who has decided to visit one show a week during 2011.  Henry Simonds' show was exhibit 31.  Check out the blog here: 52Exhibits.

Thank you friend.


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Monday, October 10, 2011

Hypersphaera jangeri

Hypersphaera jangeri
Psychedelic Cyclone Superball

Swirling, multi-color ribbons injected into the mold from a single point at the base.  Characterized by a range of bright colors.  The ribbons of colored material often show an oscillating pattern within. Primarily shiny in texture.

Has been in production since 1965, shortly after the introduction of the Original Super Ball®

Hypersphaerae jangeri by Henry J. Simonds

A specimen box showcasing an examples of Psychedelic Cyclone Superballs.

Photo Courtesy of Steve Smith

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hypersphaera ater

Hypersphaera ater
Black Superball

Opaque and devoid of color. Uniformly pigmented in black.  Shiny or matte finish.

Has been in production since 1965 and the introduction of the Original SuperBall®

Photo Courtesy of Lenore M. Edman

Hypersphaera ater  by Henry J. Simonds

A specimen box showcasing an example of a Black Superball.

Photo Courtesy of Steve Smith

Monday, September 26, 2011

The I.S.S. Presents "Requiem for the Super Ball©" The Jewelry Collection

Hey Folks,

In the interest of further promoting the Super Ball© and our efforts here at the I.S.S., we are introducing a unique collection of jewelry and trinkets made from authentic bouncy balls.  Hand made by Founder and Chief Sphaeralogist, Henry J. Simonds, the rings, earrings and keychains are currently available at Charles Bank Gallery and by request through

We hope to be selling the pieces at crafter fairs and museum stores in the near future - any ideas would be welcome - but in the meantime, check out the photos here and get your own limited edition RftSB© pieces.


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