2021 Virtual Festival

The North American Sea Glass Association is excited to announce the 1st Virtual North American Sea Glass Festival, which will be held the weekend of August 21 & 22, 2021 and will feature live sales, tutorial videos and more!

Visit our Virtual Festival Booth Page for more details and links to our NASGA member websites.

Jason Sandy – Mudlarking in London

Hailing from London is featured speaker and beachcomber, Jason Sandy, member of the Society of Thames Mudlarks and trustee of the Thames Museum Trust, a charity planning a new museum dedicated to the historically important archaeology of the River Thames.

Jason, an architect by day and mudlark by night, is a well-known speaker and writes feature articles for several magazines including Beachcombing, Treasure Hunting, and The Searcher. He is also co-author of the book Thames Mudlarking: Searching for London’s Lost Treasures.

Let’s travel with Jason as he takes us on a night excursion to the River Thames in the beautifully illuminated city of London.

Excerpt from Jason’s Book Thames Mudlarking: Searching for London’s Lost Treasures

Founded in 43 AD by the Romans, London has been a bustling center of trade for nearly 2,000 years. Flowing through the heart of London is the River Thames, which was once the largest port in the world. When the tide recedes, the longest archeological site in Britain is revealed, and evidence of London’s illustrious history is revealed. Mudlarks who beachcomb along the exposed riverbed have made some incredible discoveries. Each object recovered from the mud reveals a unique story about the people who lived and word along the Thames. Many pieces are perfectly preserved, revealing fascinating backstories about London’s history. 

Lisa Hall – A Sea Glass Story

Hailing from the coast of northern Maine, former NASGA Board member Lisa Hall will take us on a trip to Maine’s beaches and coastal islands where sea glass, tossed by the sea, wind and waves, is abundant.

Until the late nineteenth century, people who lived on the water thought nothing of throwing garbage onto the beach, while fisherman tossed corked bottles into the water, using the bottles as buoys for lobster traps. Many of the regional pieces found today have historical significance.

As a talented artist who studied Italian Renaissance art history, advanced painting and sculpture, Lisa broadened her interest and studied classical jewelry-making techniques in Florence, Italy, then began designing and producing custom jewelry in 1989. Her simple yet elegant designs allow sea glass to be the focal point of her one-of-a-kind pieces set in softly polished silver and gold bracelets, pendants, earrings and rings. This well-respected artist became a hit almost overnight after Martha Stewart featured Lisa’s work in both her magazine and on her television show.  And, as they say, the rest is history. Let’s join Lisa on an adventure of a lifetime.

Mary McCarthy – Sea Glass Lantern Project

Join NASGA Vice President Mary McCarthy, Executive Director of The Beachcombing Center at the new Beach Bank building for a tour of the new museum and fun craft activity during NASGA’s virtual festival!

We will be making an easy but fun Sea Glass Lantern that will make a great addition to your screened porch or patio area.

This will be a fun, relaxing night enjoying the museum tour and getting to chat with other beachcombers so grab a drink, sit down and have fun creating a keepsake item that will enable you to light up your finds to enjoy for future evenings at your home!

Photo credit: Jay Fleming

Supplies Needed:

  • Decorative Candle Lantern, Hanging or Stationary 

(Available in craft supply, home goods stores or online- here is a sample. Tips: try to find one that does not have a lot of separate panels within the glass sections that will be hard to find smaller beach finds to fit).

  • Miscellaneous flat beach glass finds (lay them out -without gluing- on one side of the lantern to approximate how many you will need, then multiply by four to get an idea of how many to collect for the project).
  • Large tube E6000 clear glue
  • toothpicks or wooden skewers/chopsticks
  • votive candle 
  • BYOB!