About the Artist
Born and raised in Havre de Grace, Maryland, I've always appreciated the history and water culture of the area. I've collected sea glass since I was a child because I admired its beauty and origin.
Much of the glass I find is historic and hails from the 1800s and early 1900s. Stoppers from Worcestershire bottles, sea glass from Arlington Brewing Company bottles, Havre de Grace Coca-Cola bottles, blue medicine bottle pieces -- they are all beautiful and many contain their original markings, which allows me to determine their age.
St. Mary's County is my Maryland home now and my family and I have moved away and returned to St. Mary's County several times during my husband's Navy career. Finally we are here to stay and call Leonardtown home! St. Mary’s County has its very own beautiful sea glass that that is rounded and frosted into all shapes and colors. I use my sea glass collection to create one-of-a-kind jewelry and gifts for customers.
About GlassSea Jewelry
I create sea glass jewelry including rings, necklaces, earrings, hair accessories and bracelets from my sea glass collection. I also have a line of sea glass wine charms that I make to order. I commission work through my website and shows I attend including the Patuxent River Arts and Crafts Show, Annmarie Gardens Makers Market and BeerFest at St. Mary’s City.
My line of pendants and necklaces use a combination of copper and silver wire elements to wrap the sea glass – there are a number of designs I use to create a piece, but no two are alike. I prefer the beauty of pure 18-20-gauge sterling silver and copper to plated wire. Although larger gauge wires are harder to form and shape, the thick and vibrant silver accentuates the beauty of the translucent glass.
My line of earrings incorporates sea glass from St. Mary’s County – small beads of sea glass matched in aqua, emerald green, cobalt, citron and white to create unique, stunning ear drops. I incorporate handcrafted infinity links and other findings to add a unique look to my earring line.
Once a piece of sea glass is wrapped, I use Swarovski Crystals, Czech beads, sterling silver links and elements, and Bali silver beads to add sparkle and shine. Necklace material is either sterling silver or soft, buttery leather cord. My pieces are understated to offset the beauty of the sea glass – the sea glass is the focal point and everything else is complementary!
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