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Pure Sea Glass: Discovering Nature's Vanishing Gems Hardcover – June 15, 2004
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About the Author
Richard LaMotte grew up in southeastern Virginia and has made frequent trips to the Outer Banks of North Carolina over four decades. He currently resides on Maryland’s Eastern Shore where his wife, Nancy, started a sea-glass jewelry business using shards from the nearby Chesapeake Bay. While researching glass history for a lecture in 2002, he began to pursue answers to questions posed by his wife’s customers. This led to more extensive research into glass colors, as well as the physics and chemistry behind the glass forms found in a shoreline environment.
Since 1984, Richard has worked for a water analysis company with products that rely heavily on detailed color matching and has written two consumer handbooks on water testing.
In his spare time, he has spent hours on the Chesapeake carefully studying close to 30,000 shards of sea glass to produce this in-depth study.
Celia Pearson has been an assignment and fine art photographer for over 25 years. As principal of Pearson Photography in Annapolis, Maryland she has earned a national reputation for her photographs of designed spaces. Her images have appeared in a variety of publications including Coastal Living, Chesapeake Life, Style Magazine, Metropolitan Home and Southern Accents.
As a child, Celia summered on the Maine coast. Her love of the shore is apparent in the recurring studies of its treasures that appear in her fine art photographs. Gallery representation on the East Coast includes the Carla Massoni Gallery in Chestertown, Maryland, where she first met Richard LaMotte. When he asked Celia to photograph Pure SEA GLASS, she was intrigued by the notion of exploring the LaMotte’s collection of sea glass with her camera. Not only was she captivated by its luminous qualities, but she also discovered an unanticipated beauty in the man0made forms from which sea glass derives. For more, please visit www.celiapearson.com.
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Richard has lectured or hosted hundreds of events in the United States and Canada. His book and presentations educate and encourage collectors to develop successful beachcombing strategies and--through the history of glass manufacturing and the science of ocean weathering--unlock the mysteries of their seaside treasures.
Richard has been featured in newspapers around the country including the Washington Post, New York Times, Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun; magazines such as: Coastal Living, Parade Magazine, Delaware Beach Life; and appeared on TV with The Martha Stewart Show and Maryland Public Television as well as interviewed on National Public Radio.
Richard and his family have collected more than 40,000 pieces of sea glass, much of it along the Chesapeake Bay near their home in Chestertown, Maryland. He currently serves as President of the North American Sea Glass Association.
Top Customer Reviews
This is an excellent volume, especially for beginners who are interested in learning about, searching for and collecting sea glass. A major added attraction is that there are over 150 exquisite and elegant photographs by Celia Pearson included here, presenting some of the beat specimens ever collected, along with a vast array of classical glassware from around the world that is often its source. The visuals are displayed in a manner that reminds me of Japanese Zen aesthetics. I am not a big coffee table book person, but my copy is on my table and most people who sit in my living room for longer than 15 minutes usually pick it up and peruse with delight.
The book is a comprehensive guide, chock full of information on finding and identifying these gems, the bits of aged glass, enhanced by years beneath the sea or caught in the tides that wash our coasts.Read more ›
PURE SEA GLASS offers history & facts about the globs of glass washed up by the waves, as well as page after page of exhilerating colors & shapes the glass comes in, & images of the seashore.
No seaside hotel, motel or B&B should be without this beautifully presented guide book. Do check out pureseaglass for when the author will be near you. TEN STARS!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great Informative book on the history of sea glass !!!! I've been collecting sea glass since I've been a little girl, growing up on the Jersey Shore !!!!Published 14 days ago by Bogart14
An enjoyable book, especially if you collect sea glass. Excellent pictures/illustrations!Published 2 months ago by Loretta Lane
I love this book! It is very interesting and has a lot of beautiful sea glass pictures. I buy very few books because I live next door to the local library but I am glad I... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is great!. It is informative, colorful, and a staple for any sea glass lover or collector. So glad I finally got it.Published 5 months ago by B. Walwyn
Not exactly user friendly but lots of great information. I want to be able to look up my sea glass by color and then break it down into what it might be (some pieces have... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Serena Neff
Really happy with all the items I've ordered - good photo's and descriptions make it very easy!Published 8 months ago by ron sanford