Sunday, July 26, 2009

sea glass

At the shop, we carry this gorgeous book called Pure Sea Glass and it's piqued my interest in sea glass. Not only is it chock-full of beautiful photos (courtesy of Celia Pearson), but it's a wonderful resource, providing information on everything from where to look for sea glass to the origins of different colors of glass. The book's author, Richard LaMotte, will shortly be in town down here, giving a lecture and signing books at Duck's Cottage on Friday, August 7th.

Sea glass is harder and harder to come by these days, no matter how diligent a beachcomber you are. On the one hand, this is a good thing, as it (hopefully) indicates that there's less littering of glass than there used to be. On the other, it means that even if you see it for sale in stores, it's almost always man made. Happily, there is a North American Sea Glass Association, and their annual Sea Glass Festival celebrates combers and crafters alike, even giving an award for the "shard of the year."