Candlish bottleworks, Seaham
At the end of each day the excess molten glass and any broken pieces were thrown over the cliffs into the sea. The beach below has one of the highest percentages of seaglass of any beach in the world. This information alone is enough cause paroxysms of excitement and pilgrimages to Co. Durham for most crafters but add the fact that the factory closed in 1921 and therefore the majority of the seaglass pebbles are at least 90 years old and there is danger of overload. This glass is precious stuff, yet you can simply drive to Seaham and pick it up.
I go into a slightly meditative state when I’m beachcombing. I can forget everything and just focus on the search for treasure. Those two hours or so spent on Seaham beach were good.
I made a necklace using Seaham seaglass for Lucy of Attic24 in our seaside-themed swap last year. The arrival of the wonderful warm Spring sunshine and a request for two seaside-themed commssions made me dig out my the rest of my drilled stash and *ahem* order a little more from Paula who collects and drills her Seaham beach finds.
A small collection of necklaces that I have made using this wonderful antique glass is in my Etsy shop.
Note: there are still spaces available on my Beginner’s silver clay workshop on Saturday 22nd June.