2022 Sea Glass Association Festival

Photos can be found here for our May 2022 festival as well as past festivals.

Lectures • Exhibitors • Shard of the Year Contest

Purchase your entrance tickets day of the festival.

Festival Admission:
$7 per person per day
Children Under 12 Free
Two-Day ticket $12 per person

2022 Festival Schedule

Saturday, May 21, 2022

  • 9 am Early Bird Shopping*
  • 10 am Festival Opens
  • 11 am Arrgh: A History of Piracy on the Great Lakes
  • 1 pm Glassies: Playing for Keeps and Other Amazing Stories
  • 5 pm Festival Closes for the day
  • 6 pm – 11 pm After-hours events- SOLD OUT

Sunday, May 22, 2022

  • 9 am Early Bird Shopping*
  • 10 am Festival Opens
  • 10 am – 1 pm Enter your Shard of the Year pieces
  • 11 am A History of Passenger Travel on the Great Lakes
  • 1 pm Shard of the Year Judging
  • 3:30 pm Shard of the Year winners announced
  • 4 pm Festival Closes. See you next year!

Tickets for the Festival are available online until Midnight Tuesday May 17th and at the door both days!

Ahoy Mates! We’re looking for a few good pirates! Dress up as a pirate for your chance to win a “Wrecked Pirate” drink and a free subscription to Beachcombing Magazine during our Best Dressed Pirate Costume contest!


Arrgh: A History of Piracy on the Great Lakes

Saturday, May 21, 2022, 11:00 AM

Christopher Gillcrist

Join us for a historical and cultural re-examination of piracy and it implications for understanding Great Lakes history. No parrots — or peg legs — included but a healthy dose of thievery, mutiny, and other unsavory tales.

Christopher Gillcrist is Executive Director of the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio.  He has a BA and MA in History from John Carroll University and is ABD in Social Policy at Case Western Reserve University. He has served as Associate Professor of History at Notre Dame College of Ohio and Instructor of History at Ursuline College. Prior to his current duties he served as Executive Director of the Lake County Historical Society.

Glassies: Playing for Keeps and Other Amazing Stories

Saturday, May 21, 2022, 1:00 pM

Michael Cohill

Join us for a talk about American-made toy marbles.

Michael Cohill is the Artist & Superintendent of The Akron Marble & Specialty Company and a co-founder of the non-profit organization, The American Toy Marble Museum. The American Toy Marble Museum preserves and disseminates, through multimedia exhibitions and displays, the history of the American toy industry in the city where it all started: Akron, Ohio.

A History of Passenger Travel on the Great Lakes

Sunday, May 22, 2022, 11:00 AM

Ellen Kennedy

A thorough history of travel on the Great Lakes, either for immigration or enjoyment, from the 19th-century schooners to the lavish steamboats of the early 20th century.

Ellen Kennedy is the Education and Visitor Experience Director for the National Museum of the Great Lakes. She has a bachelor’s degree in history from Clemson University and a master’s degree in history and museum studies from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She worked at several historic sites before joining the staff of the National Museum of the Great Lakes in June of 2015.

We are looking for Collectors!

Celebrate the 16th Annual North America Sea Glass Association’s festival at the Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center by showing your collection in our Collectors area! Be part of the festival and make new friends and show off your prized finds. Submit your name and contact information to festival@seaglassassociation.org

Shard of the Year Contest

The North American Sea Glass Association invites collectors to enter their favorite shards in the Shard of the Year Contest.

Our judges will award winners in the following categories: 
• Overall Beauty (Best of Show)
• Frosted Bottles
• Pottery/Ceramics
• Whimsical/Toys
• Bottle Stopper
• Most Unusual
• Historical
• Art Glass
• Marbles
• Buttons-Beads
• Figural
• Vendor Entry

• Shard entry cards will be sold at the show on Saturday and Sunday.
• 3 entries per card: $5 per card
• Indicate the body of water where the piece was found. 
• Enter your pieces on Sunday before 1:00 pm.
• Each entry must be authentic, unaltered, and found in the body of water named on your entry card.
• You or someone in your immediate family must have found the item. No purchased items allowed.
• Announcement of winners will take place on Sunday afternoon.

Winners of the Shard Contest will take home cash prizes ($250 for Overall Beauty winner and $50 for winner in each category) and their pieces will be featured in Beachcombing Magazine.

Good luck!


We are pleased to announce that the following jewelers, artists, and artisans will be at this year’s festival. Look for them at the following booth numbers at the show or check out their websites today.

Vendors will be in the Grand Ballroom, Gallery, and Concourse on the second floor of the Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center and in the a Caribbean-style Outdoor White Tent. In the Concourse and Gallery on the second floor there will be lectures, the Shard of the Year Contest, the Children’s Table, and Sea Glass Association information booths.

Acorn Beach Glass      125
Nanci Melster—Ohio
All things beach glass – nature’s treasures- nature’s creations- find it at Acorn Beach Glass.

Along The Shores       409
Keli Spears Hindenach—Michigan
Art inspired by wandering where shore and tide meet.

Beach Bum Jewels      108
Linda Mickevicius—Indiana
Beach Bum Jewels creates beach glass and sterling silver jewelry and home decor.

Beach Glass Bingo      111
Rex Nockengust/Gene Allen—California
The goal of Beach Glass Bingo is to create jewelry that evokes a perfect day at the beach.

Beach Glass by Debbie           408
Debbie Doherty—Ohio
Debbie Doherty creates hand-painted pictures embellished with beach glass and finds from Lake Erie.

Beach Glass by Tracy / Broken Beauty          110
Tracy Boyd—Ohio
Beach Glass by Tracy – Broken Beauty hand collects authentic beach glass/rocks from the southern shores Lake Erie including Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.

Beachcombing Magazine         101
Kirsti Scott & Matt Scott—California
Beachcombing magazine is filled with stories about sea glass and beach glass, seashells, fossils, beach rocks, historical finds, driftwood, and more from shorelines around the world. Our books, stickers, gear, and beach accessories celebrate our passion for the beach.

Bead Boutique / Tricia Hall Jewelry  100
Tricia Hall—Maryland
Wearable art inspired by the sea.

Bling Beach Glass Windows   124
Don Welchko—Michigan
Display windows that allow temporary storage of beach and sea glass while enjoying their bling!

Blue Heron Heirlooms by Laura        114
Laura Haller—Delaware
Jewelry and artwork expertly handcrafted in Laura’s home studio in Lewes, Delaware.

The Constance Collection      404
Constance Guerra—Virginia
Glass-sculpted, sea glass/seashell artwork on glass-framed art.

Crystal’s Treasure Box LLC     403
Crystal D. Nevedale—Ohio
Crystal is an admirer of all things found on the shores. She inspires to continue collecting and creating as it feeds her soul.

DMG Creations           103
Dottie Gilbo—Pennsylvania
Dottie creates fine silver jewelry using beach and sea glass from all over the world.

The Erie Hound Dogs 501
Adam Smith—New York
Artisan-crafted beach glass and sea glass jewelry

HL Sea and Beach Glass Jewelry        104
Holly LHommedieu—New York
Holly creates unique handcrafted sea glass jewelry made with a variety of media.

Kate Samson Design  106
Kathleen Samson—California
Kate Samson Design is a California-based designer who transforms precious metals, sea glass and other gems into rustic refined sea jewelry.

Liz’s Sea Glass Art       116
Liz Jones—Ohio
Liz has created many new and unique art pieces for the sea glass festival.

Lubell Beach Glass     300
Linda Lubell—Illinois
Jewelry created using beach glass lovingly collected along the shores of Lake Michigan.

Marooned Crab Creations, LLC          107
Bonnie C. Gordon—Arizona
One-of-a-kind jewelry created from beachcombing and mudlarking finds, combined with precious metals, gems, and pearls.

Mother Beach / Skeezel Press           109
Patricia Merski—Pennsylvania
Mother Beach, a gift book expressing the joy of finding beach glass.

NARFdesign LLC          500
Robyn Durlin—Ohio
NARFdesign (Nearly All Robyn’s Fantastic design) creates handmade jewelry using beach glass found while kayaking on Lake Erie.

Ophiuroidea “the O”  121-122
Kim Hannon—Maryland
Ophiuroidea “the O” will feature their Get Salty, By The Bay Creations and mermaid art for the beach lover.

Papaya Arts Inc          407
Kenia Ciraulo—New York
Originally from Mexico City, Kenia started to incorporate beach glass into her creations when she moved to western New York in 2009 and fell in love with the area.

Rainbow by The Sea Jewelry Designs           406
Gabriela Homorozan—Virginia
Give the gift of jewelry that can be handed down through generations to remember fun times at the beach.

Sandpiper Beach Glass           123
Beth Mallory—Pennsylvania
Sandpiper Beach Glass creates beach-inspired decor utilizing beach glass from the shores of Lake Erie.

The Sea Glass Grotto  112-113
Suzanne Hunter—New Jersey
Suzanne strives to create unique designs in sterling silver that will be adored by their owners.

Sea Glass Heart Art    119-120
Stephanie C. Swain—Ohio
Stephanie Swain, Sea Glass Heart Art, creates cards, watercolor art, ornaments, and mosaics using natural sea glass.

Seaglassin       410
Anne Marie E. Johnson—Wisconsin
Seaglassin uses authentic sea glass collected by Anne Marie on Prince Edward Island, Canada, to make sea glass earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings, with simplicity in mind.

Silent Flight Studios 115
Montana Steell—Florida
Artist couple Montana and George sail to forgotten sea glass beaches in the Caribbean, dive for antique glass, and bezel-set it in silver.

Silver Coquí Sea Glass            402
César Williams-Padín—Maryland
Sea glass framed art with genuine sea glass from Puerto Rico.

Signetureline  102
Signe Lawson / Patti Schebil—Florida
Hand made one of kind silver jewelry.

Surfside Sea Glass Jewelry     400-401
Denise Troy—New Jersey
Surfside Sea Glass designs unique and whimsical jewelry with genuine sea glass from around the world.

Tossed & Found Jewelry        126
Ingrid Lynch—Hawaii
Handcrafted ocean and Hawaii inspired one-of-kind jewelry.

Washed Ashore Jewelry, LLC 105
Beverly Vinch & Laurie Vinch—Ohio
All our pieces have been picked from the early 1960’s by the Vinch Family from Lakewood, Ohio.

When’s Low Tide / The Beachcombing Center       117-118
Mary McCarthy—Maryland
When’s Low Tide creates all-natural, soy-wax candles that contain hidden beach treasures. The Beachcombing Center is a non-profit beachcombing museum.
whenslowtide.com / beachcombingcenter.org

Thanks to our generous sponsors

Batten Down the Hatches! Sponsor:

Aye! Aye! Pirate Sponsor:

Blimey! Sponsor:

Our partners:

Our donors:

Valorie Wigen of SaltwaterTriageDesign

Sharon Brubaker, sea glass artisan and author sharon-brubaker.com

Silke Stein, author of Foam on the Crest of Waves

The Sea Glass Witch – Author Rum Charles – Children’s Pirate costume contest

Margaret Schwarz – Pirate Party donation

We’re looking for volunteers!

Celebrate the annual International Sea Glass Association’s festival by volunteering! We are looking for a few sea and beach glass lovers help out at this year’s festival.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are an integral part of the Sea Glass Festival, providing assistance with setup, staffing the ISGA table, helping to direct people to the booths and lectures, managing Sea Glass Contest entries, and spotting vendors when they need a break from their booth. Interested in taking photos and/or videos? We’d love your help capturing the fun of festival weekend.

Be part of the festival, have free time to shop, make new friends, and learn all about sea and beach glass at the nation’s premier sea and beach glass festival. 

Volunteer Perks

Volunteers get free admission to the festival, an ISGA t-shirt, and more goodies. No experience necessary! We will match you with an opportunity that matches your interests and skills!

Apply to volunteer

Email your name and phone number to festival@seaglassassociation.org and Festival Director Roxann Williams will contact you to find out more about how you would like to help.

Thank you!