The Wonder of Seaglass
What is seaglass?
Sea glass, "seaglass" or sometimes "beach glass" is glass which is found on beaches after having been tumbled smooth and frosted by the ocean waves over an undetermined length of time.
Some of the glass I have found is very old, from an era when glass was far more widely used and attitudes to environmental damage caused by dropping litter into the sea were somewhat different to what they are today.
There is an infinite variety of sea glass
Every single piece of sea glass is totally one off having been on its own unique journey through the tides and currents of the ocean.
Some sea glass has traveled great distances, washing up on shores far away from where it was originally dumped, whilst other pieces have stayed trapped for decades in harbours, dropped by sailors and smoothed and tumbled by the tides whilst yachts and fishing boats go by.
Around the coast of Cornwall, we find lovely sea foam, aquas, pale greens, deep greens, and whites.
These shades, to me, represent the colours of the sea in Cornwall, and are the perfect choice to reflect the unique coast of my favourite place!
Much rarer colours found on Cornish shores include blues, certain greens and deep aquas, and lavender.
Grey, pink, teal, black, yellow and turquoise and red (found once in about every 5,000 pieces) and orange (the least common type of sea glass) are all extremely rare colours.
Rare sea glass in these colours is almost certainly rarer than diamonds.
The older pieces tend to be smoother, and rounded in shape, whilst the newer pieces wash up in all manner of squared or flat shapes.
In jewellery all different shapes are used to great effect ...
Capturing the special 'glow' of sea glass, each piece catching the light differently and the variety of subtle shades - pale aquas, frosted whites, palest blues to deepest cobalt and, of course, the array of greens all add to the magic and mystery of sea glass.
I know many of my customers are drawn to my work because it's from Cornwall
Although I look everywhere for rare and unique pieces from other parts of the U.K., I will always use Cornish sea glass in my work!
Recently my passion for genuine Sea Glass has led me to look for this increasingly rare commodity further afield.
I have managed to source some amazing examples of glass, some of which are at least 100 years old, that were discarded from an old glass processing plant Seaham in Durham in the North East of England. I have started to design around the glass and I really love the pieces I have made but I have not incorporated any of this beautiful new glass in my collections yet.
When I do, it will be clearly marked!