Saturday, January 17, 2009

North American Sea Glass Festival

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In October I had the opportunity to attend the North American Sea Glass Festival in Lewes, DE. The festival featured many talented artists from sea glass jewelry to sculpture. For a sea glass lover and collector, it was my heaven on earth! 2008 was the first year that the festival was held on the east coast. Next year's festival will be held in Erie, PA on October 17 and 18, 2009. I am hoping to make my way to the Lake Erie coast next year as well for another wonderful sea glass gathering!

Every year the North American Sea Glass Association holds a "Shard of the Year" Contest. Collectors from all over the world bring their prized pieces of glass hoping to a chance at the $1,000 prize.

Shard of the Year Contest Table

The festival also offers many workshops about the history of sea glass, origins and where to find it. I attended a few of the lectures, one with Pure Sea Glass author Richard LaMotte. He even signed my copy of the book! The book is a great resource for any sea glass collector.

Private Collection from Washington State

Handcrafted Sea Glass Jewelry from Relish

Sea Glass Suncatcher

More Contest Pieces


Lo Christine said...

Such beautiful glass! I'm sure everything was amazing:)

Evie's Tool Emporium said...

I have a new appreciation of sea glass! How fun to go the festival!

sticker said...

You these things, I have read twice, for me, this is a relatively rare phenomenon!
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