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The North American Sea Glass Association presented the First Virtual North American Sea Glass Festival on August 21–22, 2021, featuring live sales, videos, and more!
Watch video presentations above and visit exhibitor booths below for information about our members and links to online shops. Scroll to the end of the page for speaker bios and more information about their presentations, plus winners and entries in the Photo Contest.
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2022 North American Sea Glass Festival
May 21-22, 2022
Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center, Oregon, Ohio
2021 Virtual Festival
Saturday, August 21, 2021
10 am Welcome – Kim Hannon, NASGA President:
11 am Nightlarking in London – Jason Sandy:
11:30 am Live Q&A with Jason Sandy:
Sunday, August 22, 2021
10 am Welcome – Kim Hannon, NASGA President:
11 am A Sea Glass Story – Lisa Hall:
1 pm Sea Glass Lantern Workshop – Mary McCarthy:
3 pm Sea Glass Photo Contest Winners – Kim Hannon, NASGA President:
4:45 pm Closing and announcement of the 2022 Festival – Kim Hannon, NASGA President:
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Wendy Craig blames her sea glass hunting addiction (not curable, by the way) on her two Chesapeake Bay Retrievers who swim in the ocean all year round. Her 2nd Time Glass Sea Glass Jewelry Designs are classic, simple but elegant, and are suitable for blue jeans or a night at the opera. Wendy maintains an eBay store and an Etsy store online and is most known as the lady who can make your special order just the way you pictured it and at an affordable price. She is proud to be a member of the North American Sea Glass Association helping to preserve the integrity of genuine sea glass for future family heirlooms. Wendy lives in the heart of the woods near Hackettstown, NJ.
In 2016, after unexpectedly losing three siblings within six months, a beach glasser was born. Devastated and trying to get through the trauma, Nanci would often find herself along the shores of Lake Erie. Growing up out on the water of the Great Lakes, there was not much thought about the treasures that lay right there on the shores. During one of those walks, she began to see these wonderful cloudy tumbled pieces of glass and picked a few of them up, which turned into a few full jars, which turned into her husband creating and bringing to life space of her own. A studio was born. And that is when creativity took hold. She began with simple bracelets, key chains, and pictures. From there it blossomed into wind chimes, wine glass charms, ornaments, artwork, serving trays, and well it is still growing with new and unique items added almost weekly. Nanci had a local art store take notice. She never really thought about selling what she had made but apprehensively she gave a few pieces to the art store, and then to a few pop-up shops, and then onto festivals and it has been wonderful. She has a successful little business and has found herself to be quite an entrepreneur of all things beach glass.
Amy has been collecting sea glass since I was a little girl and making jewelry since 2006. Most of her sea glass is found along the Massachusetts North Shore. The only alteration made to the glass is when she drills a hole through it. Each piece of jewelry is made with sterling silver wire and findings. Some designs also have pearls and Swarovski crystals. Amyables Sea Glass Jewelry is designed and made by Amy Kostecki.
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Aileen Cabral of Art of Sea Glass has been enamored with art in every form. She takes great joy in learning and embracing new artistic mediums. From a very early age Aileen began painting with oils and ever since then she has embraced every chance to color her life with the art that brings such pleasure to others. When Aileen first heard about precious metal clay she was intrigued and searched out all the information she could find until she had taught herself to create stunning jewelry out of it. She then embedded her other great joy, of collecting sea glass, into the silver and produced her best selling item, sea glass jewelry. Aileen began selling her sea glass jewelry at art shows, galleries, and boutiques, and then expanded into online sales, which has been a great success. For over 15 years, Aileen has created and sold over 8,000 pieces of her unique, one of a kind, sea glass jewelry.
Beach Baubles™ treasures are made from genuine sea glass, also known as beach glass or Mermaid’s Tears, seashells, sea pottery/china shards, and beach stones. Marianna Bellantoni is always busy in her beach bungalow home studio, creating tidal treasures for beach lovers to enjoy! She creates accessories such as key-chains, and hairpins; jewelry such as earrings, necklaces, chokers, bracelets and anklets; home decor items such as ceiling fan/light pulls, wine glass charms, sun-catchers, wind chimes, and ornaments.
Mother and daughter duo, Linda Mickevicius and Jamie Slutzkin, are the co-owners of Beach Bum Jewels. They feature unique jewelry items, handmade from authentic beach glass tumbled by Mother Nature and collected from all over the world as well as Lake Michigan where they live. Besides the many choices of jewelry items online and in their store, custom pieces made from customers’ own beach glass are available. Beach Bum Jewels has been in business since 2005 and have been members of NASGA since its’ inception.
Our collection was founded as The Sea Glass Center in Maine in 2014. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to education about worldwide shoreline finds and raising awareness about coastal erosion and marine debris. The organization moved to Maryland and is now called The Beachcombing Center. The recent addition of a new museum building on Tilghman Island, Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay, that is currently under renovation, will serve as the home base for the museum.
International pieces, as well as local collections from the Chesapeake Bay, including indigenous tribal artifacts, shark teeth and fossils, seashells, and shipwreck finds, will be rotated in special exhibits that will change in monthly and seasonal exhibits. Our collection also features a donation made by former first lady Barbara Bush, as well as a sample collection from the world-renowned collection of Nellie Myrtle Pritchard from the beachcombing museum in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Please join us in raising funds to house our worldwide collection by making a donation today. All donations are tax-deductible.
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Beachcombing magazine is devoted to beachcombing, sea and beach glass, seashells, beach rocks, beach fossils, historical finds, ocean conservation, beach vacations, coastal decor, beach jewelry, and more. Our readers are passionate about beach and sea glass, mudlarking, beach destinations, and unique art and products made from beach finds. Each issue of Beachcombing magazine brings you the stories you love about beachcombing and beach life. Beachcombing magazine also creates accessories, stickers, books, and more for beachcombers. Our community includes sea glass hunters, jewelers, artists, shell collectors, mudlarks, and rock hounds who share their stories and photos in the magazine. Through Beachcombing Club, Beachcombing magazine brings beachcombing experts and enthusiasts together in a video speaker series and live online events.
Tricia’s passion is working with metals, turning a simple piece of precious metal into a one of kind piece of jewelry using metal soldering techniques with a torch. Her work is made integrating found treasures from the Chesapeake Bay, primarily sea glass, capturing the piece in an organic free form way. With her love of semi-precious gemstones and fresh water pearls as well, she often incorporates them into her pieces, accenting the metal work and natural sea glass.
*Sells loose genuine sea glass.
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We are Rex Nockengust and Gene Allen of Beach Glass Bingo. Our handmade jewelry using sea glass and other beach finds make great gifts. If you use the code 15buyart at check out you’ll receive 15% off and shipping is included. Our goal is to make beach glass jewelry that is artistic and fun to wear evoking a memorable day at the Beach. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hand collected Lake Erie beach glass uniquely fashioned into jewelry selections. A summer past time blossomed into our small business. We travel to markets in NE Ohio offering our beach glass selections.
*Sells loose genuine sea glass.
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Bling Beach Glass Windows designs and engineers windows that store beach and sea glass treasures in a reusable display. The one-of-a-kind window came about after Kristina discovered beach glass collecting and fell in love with the beautiful Mermaid’s Tears about ten years ago. Her windowsills became overcrowded with vases and jars filled with beach glass. She had to think of another way to display the glass pieces while enjoying the bling created by the sunlight shining through her displays. With her husband, she designed a reusable beach glass storage window. Together they engineered a window where she could “drop” her beach glass into the display and hang it in her windows for the light to shine through “the bling”. These unique, hand-crafted window displays comes in composite white or natural cedar with different size offerings and several options. “Just drop your beach glass in, and hang or set your display in your window or on your porch!
Blue Heron Heirlooms by Laura, located in Delaware and Pennsylvania, has evolved from making military support gifts for fellow Navy families to offering all hand crafted sterling silver and sea glass jewelry, and art. Laura has “crafted” from as early as age 6 when she learned how to make her own Barbie clothes, furniture and Halloween costumes from scraps. Two years ago Laura taught herself the fine art of silversmithing. Laura grew up in Delaware, and going to Rehoboth Beach where she always loved beach combing. It was only natural that her passion for creating art and jewelry turned to creating works of art and wearable art with the finest materials and only naturally surf tumbled sea glass found by herself and purchased from professional collectors around the world.
Linda Jereb is one of the founding board members of the NAGSA. She has been a leader in the sea glass community for over 30 years, educating consumers about genuine natural sea glass. By The Sea Jewelry is a full time company with hundreds of online ready to ship handcrafted pieces. Since all sea glass pieces are unique, Linda was the first artist to individually photographed and describe each and every piece of jewelry she offers. She has originated phrases and terms that are widely used such as “Genuine Sea Glass”, “Reverse Gem”, “Worn By Waves Recycled By The Sea” and “Sea Glass is JUST GLASS, like diamonds are JUST ROCKS”.
Linda has been fortunate to have appeared on Local and National Network TV, national newspapers and several magazines including Coastal Style, Beaches Magazine, and Coastal Living. She is also the founder of the worlds largest non agenda sea glass community Seaglasslovers, now exclusively on Facebook. She resides in North Carolina with her husband Jim and her furry best friend Ben.
Kaya Alexandria Worthington specializes in creating jewelry using genuine and historical sea glass. “I love working with the natural shapes and textures created by what was once tossed out, and returned to the shore by the ocean after decades of gently tumbling across the ocean floor. I have been self-taught by trial and error, 10 years ago. Designing jewelry gave me the creative challenge I was looking for. Most of my creations are inspired by the beauty around me and then quickly transferred through my hands, typically with no rough draft before it’s created. I am happy to have finally found what I love doing every day!” Kaya goes on to say that she has a connection with every creation and they are sometimes hard to part with, positive energy goes into every piece. It brings her great joy inside and out when someone says that a piece of her hand made jewelry has spoken to them in such a way that they wear it all the time, to feel a connection to either the sea or whatever they were feeling at the time. Her jewelry can be found at CapeCodGypsea.com
Mary Ferrante is a jewelry artist specializing in authentic sea glass jewelry. While traveling the Caribbean, Mary and her husband collected wonderful sea glass from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Aruba, and Grand Cayman and Caribbean Memories was born! The sea glass inspired her jewelry journey and now she owns and operates a gallery and studio in Historic New Smyrna Beach, Florida. The gallery showcases Mary’s hand made jewelry and she teaches metal smithing classes in the attached studio. Please be sure to stop in and visit if you ever find yourself in New Smyrna Beach. The gallery is located at 310 Canal Street.
Laurie makes sea glass art by combining watercolor painting, modern calligraphy and other natural elements to create one of a kind pieces. She is inspired by flowers, nature, and the sea to create a variety of original pieces from furniture to pillows to framed art. She also collects beach glass and pebbles from the shores of Lake Erie to design whimsical works.
Laura likes to incorporate words and quotes that speak to the soul. Her hope is that something made from the Corner of My Heart will connect with yours.
Mary & Frank Pearson’s winter getaways to the warmth and beauty of Puerto Rico for the last 18 years started them on the path to their love of sea glass and the designs they have created. Each winter they spend many hours of many days combing the beaches for jewelry grade sea glass. The sea glass finds are left in the natural state. Coqui Corner Jewels jewelry is designed and made with loving care in New Jersey.
All of Kathe Wittig’s sea glass gems are picked up on beaches, bays or where tidal rivers flow into larger bodies of salt water along the East Coast. She has collected sea glass for over 25 years and build most vacations around beach areas where she can collect this special glass. Kathy enjoys creating sterling silver bezels using soldering techniques and accept custom orders.
Dottie Gilbo grew up a few blocks from the shores of Lake Erie and loved picking up the pretty gems from the beach, never thinking that one day they would become beautiful pieces of jewelry from those gems. After taking silversmithing classes to make beveled rings and necklaces, she then discovered Precious Metal Clay, took classes and loved how much fun PMC is to work with and how creative you can be. She now incorporates English sea glass with the PMC to make beautiful silver jewelry.
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Graphic designer and sea glass collector, Kirsti Scott of Etched by the Sea, creates sea glass designs with beach glass, sea pottery, sea shells, and beach stones from California and around the world. Her designs are available as original mosaics, prints, cards, stickers, note pads, mugs, handmade jewelry pieces, and more. When not wandering the beaches collecting sea glass, sea marbles, fossils, and pottery shards, she is the creative director and founder of web design firm, Scott Design. She has degrees in Economics from Stanford University and Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design.
Frosted Trash: Jewelry, wreaths and accessories made by Julie O’Brien use locally found objects (unaltered) from the shores of the Potomac River in Southern Maryland. Each pottery shard, rusty painted metal fragment, shell, beach glass, or smooth beach rock is re-purposed into luxury wearable art. Julie creates each piece with an artist eye – enhancing the original inspiration piece. Materials used to create these unique pieces include sterling silver or 14K gold filled metals, semi-precious beads, Swarovski crystals, and cultured pearls. Julie’s spectacular beach glass wreaths and shell wreaths are a truly unique creation that has attracted attention from buyers and galleries throughout the region. A large wreath can have 250-350 pieces of glass. Julie’s all white wreaths with shells, beach glass and starfish are a favorite wedding gift.
At Gage’s Design Studio nature inspired jewelry is made from Genuine unaltered Sea Glass, natural gemstone cabochons, and Sterling Silver. What started as making gemstone bead bracelets evolved into wire wrapped natural gemstones and crystals. Then while on vacationing in Maine collecting sea glass at the beaches and visiting mines. This led to the designer Sharon Gage taking metalsmith classes, and her husband taking lapidary classes. Together they collect sea glass, a$end gem and mineral shows to collect beautiful slabs of gemstone and fossil. She also collects sea glass from trusted sellers around the world. She makes bezel set sea glass jewelry. One of her favorite things to make is jewelry with a combination of natural gemstone or fossil with genuine sea glass.
Capt. J.H. (Cass) Forrington spent 27 years at sea, visiting over 50 countries on every coast of every continent except Antarctica. He has visited the Amazon Indians, has sailed up the Congo River and has been 600 miles from the North Pole. He now spends his retirement combing the magnificent “Glass Beaches” of Fort Bragg, California, the highest concentration of sea glass in the world, for rare and precious sea gems from which to craft his jewelry and create displays for his Sea Glass Museum.
What started out as a young girl’s cherished sea glass collection has grown into a family run business which specializes in one-of-a-kind stained glass creations featuring sea glass and pottery shards hand collected along beaches in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Looking to the sea glass itself for inspiration, we combine the unique colors, textures and patterns with traditional stained glass to capture the intrinsic beauty of each piece. Our creations include sea glass lampshades, panels, angels, sailboats and mermaids.
Surrounded by water, a native Long Islander in New York, Holly L’Homedieu has taken sea glass combing to the next level. You can find the finest quality collectors pieces and antique relics of the sea, genuine sea glass jewelry of all kinds, even custom orders. She can make your dreams into sea glass jewelry!
Kate Samson Design is a California based designer who transforms precious metals, sea glass and other gems into rustic refined sea jewelry. The work is inspired by a passion for combing the coastline for that one of a kind find. Handcrafted, each singular sea jewel is wrapped in gold or silver creating unique timeless treasures. We use sustainable metal, and all jewels are found in natural surroundings. Our simplistic designs will evoke feelings of nature and balance.
Katie Carrin offers beautiful and elegant unique artisan crafted sea glass, gemstone and pearl jewelry. Each of her rare genuine sea glass and beach glass necklaces and earrings are hand-crafted. She pours through sea glass from the North Sea of England finding the perfect pieces and matches beautiful gemstones and freshwater pearls in the perfect hue and shape to compliment these amazing beach glass pieces. She designs sea glass jewelry to fit every occasion including beach wedding jewelry for brides and bridesmaids as well as gifts for moms, birthdays, anniversaries or just a special gift for yourself someone you love.
Lisa Hall began her career as a jeweler and designer in Florence, Italy. Trained in classical jewelry techniques, she turned to sea glass as an opportunity to work with a “new” material and integrate her impressive collection of sea glass, found over the years on the beaches of coastal Maine islands. Her jewelry became a hit almost overnight after she was “discovered” by Martha Stewart, who featured Lisa’s work both in her magazine and on her television show, and as they say, the rest is history. Lisa is happy to join the group of individuals who make the NASGA possible.
Mainely Sea Glass offers a wide array of beautiful sea glass jewelry. Each piece is handcrafted with fine and sterling silver, we use only the finest, as found, sea glass from the coast of Maine and from around the world.. We have one of a kind necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings. Custom orders are always welcome!
Betsy O’Reilly started New Beginnings Sea Glass after many years of helping her son who was born with a life-threatening craniofacial condition. She found solace at the beach hunting for sea glass. Searching for sea glass relaxed her, centered her, restored her perspective, gave her hope, allowing her to be all she could be for her family. As part of her continued “therapy”, Betsy began creating designs within picture frames and windows utilizing the sea glass, shells, and driftwood she found along the Connecticut beaches – the end result being unique beach cottage style decor.
Marooned Crab Creations Bonnie makes small-scale jewelry from seashells, sea glass, pottery shards, pebbles, and other unique coastal finds that she has collected from beaches, lakes, and rivers around the world. Bonnie uses a variety of techniques to create one-of-a-kind bracelets, rings, earrings, and necklaces: silversmithing, lost-wax casting, precious metal clay, wirework, crochet and macramé. Bonnie frequently custom bezel set her finds in precious metals and combine them with pearls, gemstones, and handmade sterling silver chain. Her focus is on letting the colors and textures of each natural item be the focus of the piece.
Eva and John Panko have been collecting sea glass for many years and their collection became so large that they decide to share their love of sea glass with others. They sell loose sea glass and also make amazing unique creations with their sea glass collection.
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Facebook Live Sea Glass and Larimar Jewelry Sale on Friday, August 20th at 6pm – Featuring Sea Glass & Larimar jewelry and some surprises!
Ophiuroidea “The O” in St. Michaels, Maryland, has always been in love with the beach. It started as a child, a beachcomber at a very young age, Kim loved the coastal life. Ophiuroidea showcases unique and handcrafted coastal items, mermaid art, genuine sea glass jewelry, coastal furniture & home decor, handcrafted pottery, and more. Kim’s love of beachcombing for sea glass, shells and driftwood along the ocean and Chesapeake Bay’s shorelines, led to creating and hosting the Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival held yearly in St. Michaels, Maryland. Kim is the current President of NASGA.
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As a child Gabriella loved watching migrating Gypsies coming over in her town and fixing broken jewelry or creating new ones. She spent hours watching them and was fascinated. Moving from Transilvania to Eastern Shore in US was quite a change. Everything beach related became an addiction. She started making jewelry without any formal classes or training. First was just wirewrapped jewelry then she learned silversmithing techniques. She loves making jewelry with sterling, fine and argentinium silver and she uses shells, semiprecious gemstones and only genuine sea glass to create her designs. Something for every taste and budget.
Beth Mallory’s love of and need for combing the shores for beach glass on sunny days and amidst life’s storms led to the creation of Sandpiper Beach Glass in 2019. For Beth, beach glass symbolizes strength, resilience and grace. Her work is a celebration of this, and her hope is it brings joy to others. Sandpiper Beach Glass creates a variety of beach glass decor, including window art, framed art, sun catchers and more! Each piece is one of a kind and utilizes genuine found beach glass from the shores of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.
Who can resist the cool things you find on the beach? Sue Lemmons and Cheryl Eashum sure can’t! Growing up, the sisters spent summers camped along the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay. They loved it all – fishing, clamming, crabbing, canoeing – and of course- beachcombing. For them, it was just the beginning. Six years ago, we started wrapping sea glass to add to their seashell craft line and created SeaGals Gallery of Delaware. They dug out our old glass, taught themselves to wrap and they have been making jewelry ever since. It has become their passion. They offer unique jewelry for women, men and kids, decorative sea glass art, adorable sea glass angels and pirate and special event jewelry. For them, sea glass is a way of life!
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Sea Cairns evoke serenity. These handcrafted, Pacific Northwest inspired mementos envelop natural sea glass, shells, and pottery collected with joy from travels around the world. Linda Schnell is an artist with arthritis and a lifelong fascination with the intersection between art and science. Her background includes software engineering, high tech marketing, gemology, and wine appreciation. A portion of Sea Cairn sales (www.sea-cairns.com and seacairns.etsy.com) help support efforts by the Arthritis Foundation, Center for Whale Research, and Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.
Jane Claire McHenry is a Massachusetts native who spent many childhood summer days at her grandparents’ summer home in Wareham, the gateway to Cape Cod, where Jane and her grandmother, Emily, would walk many miles along the beach picking up sea glass along the way and saving it in jars placed on windowsills where the light would reflect its kaleidoscopic hues.
In 2008 Jane left her publishing career of 25 years to follow her artist’s dream. Happily, the result of this lifestyle change is the successful enterprise, Sea Glass Jewelry by Jane. This began a journey to turn what was once a passionate hobby into a thriving artisan business that she shares with her husband. Jane’s artistic process begins with the quest to find the core elements of the sea glass jewelry designs, the sea glass gems themselves. To find the best specimens she and her husband continue to travel to Puerto Rico, Bermuda, California, Hawaii and other destinations, spending countless hours on rocky shores looking for the most perfect pieces.
Each of Jane’s sea glass jewelry designs is inspired by the shape, size and color of the glass. Jane has a special affinity for beautiful, rare sea glass, using these gems in her designs and adding little or no embellishment. Her artistic leaning is to “let the sea glass be the star.”
*Sells loose genuine sea glass.
Nora’s love for sea glass began several years ago when her sister-in-law shared her love of sea glass. Nora was intrigued and researched about sea glass. By the time she was done with all her research she was captivated with sea glass and could not wait to start combing the beaches and begin her own sea glass collection.
Over the years her sea glass collection got out of control so she decided to turn her sea glass collection into beautiful pieces of art jewelry that anyone could wear and enjoy for many more years to come. She has also expanded her work to include art and mosaics.
Nora handcrafts each piece of jewelry using only authentic sea glass. No two pieces are exactly alike and each is a piece of history and mystery.
Sea Ginny’s Beach Jewelry journey began on the beaches of the Jersey Shore in 2003. The sea glass used in our unique jewelry is carefully chosen from beaches around the globe. Sea Ginny’s jewelry designs are drilled with precision and are hand created with fine silver made with PMC (precious metal clay) that adds a unique one-of-a-kind touch to each jewelry design. Sea Ginny specializes in earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and we also offer unique holiday pins and ankle bracelets.
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Drilling Sea Glass Demonstration Saturday, August 21st 2pm Instagram @sea-glass-designs
Bruce and Gail Barton, owners of Sea Glass Designs, have been in business for 15 years. Their jewelry features rare pieces of authentic sea glass and pottery that they find in the Abaco Islands. The jewelry is all handcrafted using sterling silver, fine silver and gold. Bruce’s engineering background carried over to designing invocative jewelry capitalizing on the use of light and sea glass. He creates bezels that reflect light back into the sea glass enhancing the beauty of the sea glass.
Sea Glass Heart Art began in 2009 in Madison, Ohio on Lake Erie. Stephanie Swain, has been collecting sea glass for years and then in 2009 she started creating her sea glass art. Stephanie create mosaics, cards, ornaments and small pictures to sell at festivals, online and boutique stores. The mosaics are her passion; from the design to attaching each piece of sea glass, one piece at a time, until the art work is completed.
The frames for all of Stephanie’s mosaics are also handmade by my husband, Barry. Presently you can find her artwork at art festivals and online on Etsy.
Gary De Bois started Just Beachy Keen when he feel in love with sea glass. Gary uses only 100% genuine sea glass found on coastlines around the world, shaped only by nature and time, each piece of sea glass jewelry is unique.
The Sea Glass Journal, an online magazine for sea glass collectors, artisans and those who are just plain curious about sea glass. Learn more about the history of sea glass, some of the world’s great glassing spots, craft and jewelry ideas, and interviews with other sea glass lovers.
The perfect storm of sun, surf, sand, and the heady scent of saltwater creates my own personal bliss — especially when you throw a sparkling shard of sea glass into the mix. These distinct elements have a common thread — a love of nature, of the coast, of fueling my creative drive, and the thrill of discovery. There’s nothing better. My name is Gary de Blois and I am a graphic designer, amateur photographer, budding jewelry maker, and a lifelong beachcomber. My sea glass collecting hobby weaves together all these passions. I sell my sea glass jewelry on Etsy and talk about sea glass collecting on my blog at www.seaglassjournal.com and my Facebook page.
Sea Glass Searchers Club is a beachcombing boutique from author/photographer Cindy Bilbao. She carries unique beach inspired gifts like her Tide Washed t-shirts and Sea Glass Card Game.
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My husband Peter and I share a passion for crafting sea-themed jewelry. Our company, Sea Goddess Treasures, was inspired by our daughter’s love of mermaids and we continue to be inspired by the natural beauty found in the oceans. A lifetime artist and a graphic designer by trade, I am skilled at creating color combinations and love combining sea glass with gemstones, pearls and shells. My signature pieces are wire crochet necklaces. We offer a wide variety of styles and prices. Most of my designs fall into one of two styles: ‘classic elegance’ and ‘on trend’. Currently my ‘on trend’ best sellers are my celestial and my layering necklaces. Please enjoy free shipping within the US with every purchase. We are long-time members of the North American Sea Glass Association (NASGA).
César’s love for this craft stems back to when he was a child growing up in Puerto Rico. Of the many fond memories he had of the island, one he cherished the most was getting up in the early morning and combing the beach with his mother to find sea glass and pieces of pottery. When he was a bit older, he started making jewelry and other art as a hobby; at the time it was just something to enjoy himself with and started Silver Coqui Sea Glass. Now, many years later, he’s delighted to be able to combine two of his favorite childhood pastimes into a small business. Each piece of sea glass that he uses has been hand-picked by either him or his family on their beautiful beach in Puerto Rico, which gets affectionately crafted into a fine piece of art. He hopes you enjoy these simple gifts of the island as much as he has.
Wendy Garver is the owner of Silverwhimsies Jewelry. She is very passionate about creating unique and special pieces for people who want something a little bit different. If we had to describe her jewelry we would say it’s very organic. Leaving the sea glass in its original sea tumbled state is essential to how she designs her jewelry. Unlike gems and cabochons, sea glass has little nooks and crannies that the bezel folds in to creating uneven, gnarly shapes. Another important element in her jewelry designs is the use of scrap silver. She melts down whatever scrap silver she has then she hammers, flattens and shapes the silver so it echo’s the lines of the sea glass. She never knows what she’s going to end up with until the piece is finished. Each piece of Silverwhimsies Jewelry is one of a kind.
ST Beach Finds is a locally owned and operated business in Calvert County, MD. The “S” and “T” in the name stand for Steve and Tammy, the creators of each and every piece. Steve and Tammy love everything about the beach and the Chesapeake Bay. They use 100% authentic materials including driftwood, beach/sea glass, shells and fossils in their creations. Steve and Tammy’s artistic flare shines through in each one of their designs. They believe the beach and water soothes the soul and everyone needs a piece of that happiness around always. Building on that belief Steve and Tammy have kept their prices reasonable so everyone can find something they can treasure for years to come.
Dennis and Chris Ann Buday of SunSport Canvas are lifelong boaters who live along the Allegheny River, north of Pittsburgh, PA. Their love of all things water prompted them to begin designing personalized/ embroidered mesh beachcombing bags in 2014, after seeing other beachcombers walking the beaches with plastic bags. They wanted to design a bag that was fun and personable. They set out to find the best materials to take the harsh elements of the Sun, Sea and the Sand, and now have 7 bag styles, 8 mesh colors and unlimited text and pattern options. Each bag is crafted from scratch.
They now have an online shop with ready to ship inventory, and are active on both Instagram and Facebook. Visit their website: sunsportcanvas.com or call/text them: 724.889.7908. They “sew” look forward to working with you.
Surfside Sea Glass creates unique designs in genuine sea glass jewelry including pendants, bracelets, earrings, rings and more. All pieces of sea glass used are genuine, flawless, jewelry-grade and ocean-tumbled. I handpick my sea glass off of the sand myself – spending countless days throughout each year on beaches around the world from Puerto Rico to California, Bermuda, Panama, England, Ireland and beyond to bring these pieces to you. This is especially important with sea glass pieces as I am able to give you the origin of the sea glass. Therefore, the unique history of each piece can be surmised back to a specific time-period and original form. History is as important as beauty to sea glass. My love of history is a big part of why I love sea-glass collecting. Remember, all of my pendants, bracelets, rings and pairs of earrings have that added touch of quality and handcrafted love.
Suzanne Hunter grew up spending her summers at her Grandparents’ house in North Wildwood, NJ collecting Sea Glass and other treasures with her Grandmother. She would use these treasures to create jewelry and other art with wire and string.
Loving all things beachy and ocean related, it was a natural progression to permanently relocate to Cape May County, NJ when she was 19 years old. Her love of jewelry making and wire wrapping intrigued her to push her skills further and teach herself the art of silversmithing. Knowing many found treasures hold a special memory or meaning to her clients, Suzanne strives to create unique and enduring pieces that include sea glass, and other natural precious and semiprecious gemstones set in sterling and fine silver. One of her favorite parts about creating jewelry with a fellow sea glass hunter’s own find is hearing the stories or memories attached to the piece, and using that as inspiration to create a truly unique piece for the wearer.
Realizing that no two pieces of sea glass are alike enables her to create one-of-a-kind pieces that can be handed down for generations. She also enjoys the “community spirit” of being a member of NASGA and the Sea Glass community. This has enabled her to meet and befriend many collectors from all around the globe and allowed her to curate a workable collection of exceptionally rare or beautiful pieces from verified collectors.
Virtual Festival: 10% off using code NASGA between August 21 – 31.
Ingrid Lynch lives in Hawaii and spends many hours strolling the beaches (I know, great life, right?) in search of beautiful ocean tumbled genuine sea glass and sea pottery. As a former magazine creative director spending her days designing pages she was ready for a career change, so she decided to fulfill an old passion of combining design and upcycling. And what a better match than creating original jewelry designs with sea glass. Her sea glass jewelry is inspired by all things ocean (whether it’s ocean waves or sea creatures), Hawaiian flowers or sometimes simply to just show off the shape and color of a specific piece of sea glass. All her jewlery is 100% handcrafted one-of-a-kind or small-batch sophisticated designs made with genuine sea glass she find on the beaches of Hawai‘i as well as genuine sea glass purchased from reputable collectors around the world. Custom orders welcomed for sterling silver and 14k gold.
Simple, broken pieces of glass, after years of being tumbled in the surf and sand and being kissed by the sun, are naturally transformed into beautiful, unique, one-of-a-kind beach gems.
My husband and I have been collecting sea glass since we were children, and our children have followed in our footsteps. Our travels have taken us to beaches all over the world and our home is a testament to our family’s favorite pastime, full of gentle reminders that soothe the soul.
I have turned that passion into Uniquely Sea Glass™ LLC, making beautiful one-of-a-kind sea glass jewelry using sterling silver, freshwater pearls, sea shells, and pottery shards.
Beverly Vinch grew up in Lakewood, OH on the shores of Lake Erie, and has been picking beach glass and shipwreck pottery since the 1960’s. She started making jewelry and silversmithing over 25 years ago and realized she had a huge supply of something that was not only historic, but really cool and recycled. Washed Ashore Jewelry was formed in 2010 and has been doing art shows and festivals for the past 10 years in North Eastern Ohio.
*Sells loose genuine sea glass.
West Coast Sea Glass use only genuine, ocean tumbled sea glass. We have traveled many of the world’s oceans taking great pride in beach combing for the sea glass ourselves. This way we are able to offer some of the finest and rarest sea glass and beach glass in our handmade, artisan jewelry. This journey, matched with decades of jewelry experience and a full serve silversmithing studio is where or alluring ocean gems and jewelry design beautifully intersect. West Coast Sea Glass uses its vintage collection in beach themed, original designs. We have been actively involved in the world-wide sea glass community for over a decade and work hard to maintain a strong role in educating the public about genuine sea glass and its history. We also pride ourselves on employing eco-friendly business methods like our use of recycled silver and our adherence to a nine step environmental commitment plan. We also seek to utilize the finest jewelry components in our designs.
Nightlarking in London
Saturday, August 21
11 am Eastern
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.
Live Q&A with Jason Sandy
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.
A Sea Glass Story
Sunday, August 22
11 am Eastern
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 fishermen 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.
The Beachcombing Center Tour & Sea Glass Lantern Workshop
Tour and Workshop:
Sunday, August 22
1 pm Eastern
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!
Mary will give you a sneak peek of the displays and activities at The Beachcombing Center museum, opening this fall.
Following the tour, join Mary on Sunday as she shows how to make 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 craft where you can chat with other beachcombers while you create a keepsake item that will enable you to light up your finds to enjoy for future evenings at your home! This workshop is free to participate, you’ll just need the supplies.
Photo credit: Jay Fleming
Lantern Project Supplies:
- 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
Sea Glass Photo Contest
Beachcombers from around the world were part of the North American Sea Glass Association’s Virtual Festival — a new twist to keep everyone safe yet lots of fun for all!
Collectors showed off their favorite shards for the world to see, including marbles, pottery, sea and beach glass, whimsical pieces, buttons, and beads.
Winners of the Shard Contest will be featured in an upcoming issue of Beachcombing Magazine!
Our judges placed finds in the North American Sea Glass Association’s traditional Shard Contest categories:
- Overall Beauty (Best of Show)
- Frosted Bottles
- Bottle Stopper
- Most Unusual
- Art Glass