It's easy to think of the beach as a sunny summer spot. But for me, winter and spring mean lots of time for collecting the raw material that will inspire my next jewelry pieces. The beaches are less crowded; the tides and weather more extreme; and often, the sea glass and pottery that I use are more plentiful in the winter and spring.
A Contented Winter
Yes, the winters here can be brutal. But they also bring unexpected treasures: rare birds, beautiful snowscapes and yes, a gold mine of sea glass and pottery on our beaches. One of my favorite things to do is walk on the beach after a powerful Nor'Easter. The sands have shifted, and the ocean has coughed up trash and treasure alike. The day after a storm is often still rough and windy. But it's worth it. I've discovered some of my most fun, beautiful and favorite pieces in the immediate aftermath of a bad storm.
Spring and Summer's Promise
As I fill my bags with future pieces of jewelry, I get excited about the season ahead. I hope to be at several crafts shows and fairs around New England this spring and summer. Applications are in, the juries are convened, and I'm hoping for the best! As the calendar comes together, I'll publish dates and locations on the Upcoming Shows page.
Meanwhile, I'm working on new pieces all the time. I'm constantly experimenting with new weaves, different ways to set the sea glass and pottery and unique chains, chokers and bails. I never know what the end result will be - and I'll have more to say about that in another blog post.
So, even as we hunker down to ride out the latest version of nature's idea of a good day, keep in mind that tomorrow will be better, and filled with glass and ceramic reminders of the power of the ocean. The ocean can tear down, reshape, and renew everything. It inspires me to do the same with her beautiful trinkets.