Sea glass can be found along beaches, bays and rivers all over the world. Cornwall, where I am lucky to live has the longest coastline in the UK, with many amazing beaches. These frosted shards are washed ashore having been tumbled by the elements against rocks and sand, creating smooth-shaped, textured jewels.
Sea glass comes from a variety of sources including industry, sea defences, shipwrecks, cargo spills as well as general littering. The most commonly found colours are green, brown, and clear from the bottling industry. More unusual colours are jade, amber, shades of blue, reds and pinks. Very rarely I might find stoppers and glass marbles which probably come from the neck of old Codd bottles. The best time to search is at low tide after a storm when pieces have been disturbed from the seabed and are hurled onto the shoreline.
It’s a very addictive hobby driven by the chance of finding a piece which is rare and beautiful in colour. Sea glass is becoming harder to find as many beachcombers enjoy collecting it, and glass products are being replaced by plastics. The use of it in my artworks enables these salvaged treasures to be put to an aesthetic end use.