Remember collecting sea glass on the beach as a kid? Or maybe on last summer’s vacation? Finding a great piece of sea glass is always exciting. It’s like a bit of ancient treasure; or a tiny artifact fallen off a pirate ship. But it doesn’t have to end at simply holding the smooth, wave worn gem in your hand and marveling at it. Nope. For the past couple of years, our neighbors down on the Eastern Shore have hosted an entire festival dedicated to sea glass (and related coastal art forms). Plan ahead to pop down for the weekend and catch a glimpse of some inspired (and inspiring!) work created by Maryland artisans from sea glass.
The Third Annual Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival will be held March 29, at Ophiuroidea, a coastal-inspired home décor store and art gallery in St. Michaels, Maryland. The festival will include more than 20 artisans, from potters to painters, all of whom have created one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry, home décor and art using sea glass. Some will come from as far away as Maine to share their artistic vision and their wares. There will even be a sea glass expert on hand (we didn’t know such a thing existed!), Richard LaMotte, president of the North American Sea Glass Association (again, who knew?) will sign copies of his book, Pure Sea Glass and will lead a sea glass discussion from 12-3 p.m. Festival attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite sea glass and pottery shards to learn more about their pieces from LaMotte and fellow beachcombers.
The 3rd Annual Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival takes place March 29th at Ophiuroidea( 609 S. Talbot Street in St. Michaels, Maryland). Festival hours are 10am – 4pm. For more information, visit www.seaglassfestival.com