Sea Glass Rocks!: The North American Sea Glass Festival

I’ve never physically met anyone else who collects sea glass (other than my two kids and my husband and a few brief encounters with strangers on the beach.) Sure, I’ve connected online with dozens of other sea glass collectors, but I’ve yet to have a face to face conversation with another sea glass collector. In fact, many people in these parts barely know what sea glass is.

Them: “What are your plans this weekend?”

Me: “I’m going to the North American Sea Glass Festival in Erie, PA.”

Them: “Sea glass?”

Me: “Ya, sea glass. You know. Glass you find on a beach.”

Them: “Oh. Okay. Ya. Glass you find on a beach.”

Me: “But it’s not sharp. It’s been smoothed by the sand and waves and the good stuff is decades old.”

Them: Blank look. Eyes slightly glazed over.

Usually the conversation ends there or changes to another topic.

But things were a bit different this weekend: I was in the company of thousands of sea glass collectors at the North American Sea Glass Festival in Erie, PA.

As one sea glasser put it: “It looks like sea glass is the new buzz word.”

Four years ago, the first North American Sea Glass Festival attracted 1,000 people. This year 6,000 + came through the doors. I think this is only the beginning of the sea glass phenomenon.

An entire industry of jewelers and artisans has blossomed around the sea glass movement. And consumers are loving it. I couldn’t even get near many of the sea glass jewelry booths at the festival because of the crowds.

My passion for sea glass grows stronger each day. What does this have to do with weddings?

Sea glass makes some damn fine jewelry. Stay tuned for posts featuring some of the fabulous artisans who are using sea glass to create affordable and one of a kind wedding jewelry.

(I shot the video above at the North American Sea Glass Festival. Okay, so it’s not award winning footage, but it will give you an idea on how very crazy-busy it was!)

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  1. Posted by Mary Beth Beuke on October 21st, 2009 at 1:41pm

    Thanks for highlighting the growing Sea Glass Festival. For more sea glass info, photos, wedding stuff etc. from the wonderful group of volunteers who put on the big event, check out: http://seaglassassociation.org/
  2. Posted by Lisl Armstrong on October 21st, 2009 at 4:47pm

    Hi Christina,

    Thank you so much for sharing this video of the sea glass festival with everyone. I am still high from this wonderful event. I love your sea glass candy by the way!

    Lisl
  3. Posted by Lawrence Hollins on October 22nd, 2009 at 11:35am

    One of our authors, C.S. Lambert has written a book about seaglass - it's called "Passion for Seaglass" Check it out at downeast.com.
  4. Posted by Danielle Renee' on April 25th, 2010 at 4:05pm

    Love watching this video! Thanks so much for sharing. Looking forward to next "Sea Glass Fesitval" in Hyannis 2010!
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