The tide was coming in, the wind was howling and then it started to rain! I should have known it wasn't a beachcombing day. Found a few pieces of glass, not good enough for jewellery though, a few rocks, shells and a piece of pottery. The pottery is a piece of a handle from a round vessel and the vessel that immiediately sprang to mind is a chamber pot.
Beach finds this morning include, a whole razor clam shell, sea glass bottle bottom, beach pottery and a starfish. The bottle bottom has the initials JC in raised lettering, so off to do some research to find out a bit more about it.
Sea glass is glass which was once in the form of bottles, jars and other objects. During the passage of many years in the sea the glass takes on new forms, forms of beauty that belie their prosaic origin. After decades or more in the sea these pieces wash up on the strandline, recycled to be the basis of beautiful jewellery, smoothed, shaped and frosted.
The journey the glass has undertaken is one of history and mystery. What was it originally? When was it made? How far has it travelled? How long has it been in the sea?
As glass is being replaced by more plastic, sea glass is becoming a diminishing source.