All of our sea glass and sea pottery is found on our local North Devon beaches. We do occasionally make custom jewellery for folk with pieces of glass, pottery, shells or pebbles, from outside the area, if the item has a particular significance.
Most of the sea glass we collect from our favourite cove. This beach is tucked away and very rarely visited. We usually chose a high tide and take a lunch with us. The incoming tide and waves wash the beach and the outgoing tide reveals its precious gems as it recedes. We follow the tide line down as the sea retreats, looking for the glint of colour among the wet pebbles. These treasures we take away to sort out in the studio. Green and colourless glass are the most plentiful, but even some of these more common pieces display beautiful, highly original shapes, shades, textures and tones.
Autumn has arrived and the storms have been pretty relentless. North Westerly winds bring a chill to most of our beaches. The swells pound the coves with the onshore winds, tumbling the glass and pottery among the pebbles. The sea glass unearthed by storm waves is often from a greater depth than usual, or has travelled for miles on the seabed and as a result has been probably tumbled for longer.
The waves, rain and wind, batter and erode the cliffs. Some of the topsoil crumbles into the sea, taking with it, buried rubbish, rubbish that may have been thrown away decades, or even centuries, earlier. Glass items and old pottery that were considered useless, or out of date, ages ago, are ground down and made smooth by the incessant action of the waves and tides. It's always worth a visit to the beach just after a storm.