Photo from my personal collection of sea glass
One question my customers often asked when doing craft shows is "What is sea glass"? While I don't pretend to be an expert on sea glass I can tell you it is basically bottles, dishes, and other glass objects that were thrown into the sea (or lake) a long time ago. The shards tumble around for many years softening the edges over time and creating a frosty, translucent surface. The shape and color of the pieces vary widely so no two pieces are exactly alike.
As a lover off all thing "beach", I take great joy in using sea glass in my jewelry designs. There is something about the soft colors and translucence that make particularly beautiful jewelry. I love that I'm capturing a piece of history; where did the glass come from? What was it used for? Who used it? And of course, I love that I'm recycling something that was discarded long ago into a piece of treasure.
If you would like to know more about sea glass I highly recommend the book "Pure Sea Glass" by Richard LaMotte with beautiful photography by Celia Pearson.
I'm Karen Howard the Jewelry Artist at Cozy Cove Studio. Here you'll find my random thoughts on everything from jewelry making to life on Cozy Cove. It's a beautiful place to live and I'm happy to share.