The Sea Glass Shard of the Month: March 2011
An Art Glass Sea Glass Gem
This multi-colored sea glass originates from an art glass studio near Santa Cruz, California.
Sea Glass Specifications:
Color: Blue, Clear & Milk White
Length: 26.6 mm (1.048")
Width: 18.3 mm (0.719")
Thickness: 16.8 mm (0.663")
Weight: 11.3 grams (0.40 ounces)
This well-rounded piece of sea glass is made up of three colors: cobalt blue, white (milk glass) and clear (frosty white) and started out as refuse glass thrown away by an art glass studio.
Sea glass that originated from art glass can be extremely rare as it is usually made in limited quantities by master craftsmen. These glass artisans create colorful and uniquely shaped objects from molten glass for chandeliers, wall sculptures, lighting, goblets, vessels, jewelry as well as other decorative objects.
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Here is this month's sea glass with some of its smaller siblings.
Since most glass art is also expensive it is not as casually thrown away as other sources of refuse glass. You will certainly have difficulty finding such unique shards of sea glass in the more common beachcombing areas.
One possible source of this type of sea glass would be an art glass studio, located near the coast, that would have tossed their mistakes or "end of day" glass directly into the ocean or into streams that feed the coastline area.
Another possible art glass source would be a coastal dump site where bits of broken tableware and other decorative glass objects found their way into the ocean surf.
Notable art glass in history has come from such sources as the Island of Murano, Italy, dating back to the 9th Century, Tiffany stained glass from the late 19th to early 20th Century and Fenton Art Glass Company from the beginning of the 20th Century. Notable contemporary glass artists include Dale Chihuly, Simon Moore and Annette Meech.