||When did you begin collecting beach glass?
My earliest recollection of beach glass was when my mother introduced me to it. She was a fantastic
shell collector and knew the names of everything....the glass on the beach were just a natural
occurrence and we admired its gemlike colors and began collecting it.
What intrigues you about beach glass?
Where have you traveled and found beach glass?
What intrigues me about beach glass is the endless variety and the mystery that comes with each piece.
Even when the pieces look similar in color... there is always the variety of shading, thickness, curvature,
degree of smoothness and size. Truly, I could have a whole jar of one color of beach glass and not one
piece would match. Hence the time invoked in matching and sorting two to eight pieces, as in the sailboat
earrings, is really a labor of love.
I have traveled all over the world to search for the most beautiful beach glass. I started in Florida and
the California coast, and then my travels have taken me all over Europe, Many islands of the Caribbean,
Greece, the South of France, Egypt Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, Hawaii and Tahiti.
Which colors of beach glass are most common and most rare?
The most common colors are naturally the most common bottles....green and brown beer bottles and clear whisky bottles. The rarer colors come from things other than just bottles. For instance, the most rare colors and red and lavender. The lavender could be from depression era candy dishes and goblets or
from old medicine bottles that were clear to begin with, but the impurities of the glass mixed with the
sun's rays produce a gentle lavender hue. The red beach glass is from the taillights of old cars that used
to be made of glass. Cobalt blue is also a rare and beautiful shade of beach glass. It is from old Milk of
Magnesia bottles, Noxzema jars and Evening in Paris perfume bottles.
||What is your favorite place you travel in search of beach glass?
After searching the whole world, I found a tiny island in the British West Indies called Salt Cay that has
what I think is the most beautiful glass. It is not found on all of its beaches. You must be aware of the tides
and rocks, etc. Many tourist beaches are even raked every day and I hear many complaints from people
that there isn't any glass. It takes a little more searching then that. Every day I take off on my bicycle with
knapsack on my back. I ride about a mile, and then hike a mile over lava rocks till I find a small inlet that is
laden with these treasures. Because no one goes there, many beautiful pieces accumulate and they are
perfectly smoothed. The action of the water, sand and waves makes the most gorgeous smooth surface.
Once I left my flip flops there for six months and they were there just where I left them upon my return!!!
How does beach glass get that frosted look?
I really don't know how long the process takes. I think it must depend on the strength of the waves and
amount of rocks, etc, that tumble the pieces. I have been fortunate to find many large pieces, some six
inches long and on occasion beautiful marbles and perfume stoppers. I have also found the much coveted
Japanese glass float balls.
How large is your beach glass collection?
Needless to say, my beach glass collection is quite large. Many people have sent me theirs and I continue to
add to it each year. It is still a challenge to match pairs, however! No matter how many pieces I have collected,
I still cannot wait to walk along the sand, anywhere I am, and be amazed by the beauty and individuality of
what nature has created from man's discards.