Each year during the North American Sea Glass Festival, the Shard of the Year (“SOTY”) contest, is held in memory of Joanne Schrieber, founder of the 2004 North East Sea Glass Festival. Private collectors are given an opportunity to show off some of their special pieces. The 2014 contest showcased nearly 800 entries, and was truly an amazing display of treasured finds.
All shards of genuine sea glass from around the world are eligible for entry into the Shard of the Year contest, not just shards from “North America”. Every beachcomber treasure found has a little bit of history within it, but during the Shard of the Year contest, it’s a time to showcase the rare finds.
It is a beauty contest, where the most unusual pristine piece is awarded the grand prize, $1,000 dollars, and is named winner of the Overall Beauty category, and bragging rights to it’s owner for years to come!
The 2014 Shard of the Year grand prize winner, Lou Marcotte, submitted a beautiful red piece found in the Dominican Republic.
The piece was from a glass candlestick, made by Westmoreland Glass Company sometime in the late 1940’s, early 1950’s. The pattern of this particular candlestick is Doric, and as shown in the photo below, the original was a beauty as well.
The remaining categories were runner-up, pottery/ceramics, whimsical/toys, bottle stopper, most unusual, historical, art glass, buttons, figural and marbles.
A huge thank you to Gary de Blois, who photographed the 2014 Shard of the Year contest. To find out more about the Shard of the Year contest and NASGA, please visit the North American Sea Glass Festival website.