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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sea Glass Publishing L.L.C.; 1 edition (June 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975324608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975324608
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 9.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


More About the Author

Author Richard LaMotte has been at the forefront of sea-glass research since presenting his first lecture on the topic back in 2002. His book, Pure Sea Glass, Discovering Nature's Vanishing Gems, is a master reference on sea glass for North American collectors, earning first place in nonfiction from the Writer's Digest 13th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards.

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.

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This book is very informational and beautifully illustrated.
Denise L. Clippard
I love to sit down after I've collected some sea glass from a day at the beach and read this book.
Therese W.
The book is like an adventure to the sea - you see something different every time you look at it.
Lizzy S.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

180 of 184 people found the following review helpful By Jana L. Perskie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 2, 2005
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I was born in a coastal town and have always loved the ocean, walking on the beach, sailing - almost everything that has to do with the sea. When I was a little girl, my mother used to take me for walks along the coast, especially after a storm, to see what strange and interesting items had washed up on shore. So it is surprising that I have never collected sea glass, until recently that is. I was working on a craft project for a gift and thought that a few pieces of sea glass would make a beautiful and meaningful addition. Once I looked into acquiring the glass my interest peaked. So before I went any further, I bought a copy of Richard LaMotte's renowned book "Pure Sea Glass: Discovering Nature's Vanishing Gems" on the advice of a longtime collector and jewelry maker.

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.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brown on April 22, 2005
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Rebeccasreads highly recommends PURE SEA GLASS as a must have for all the beachcombers who wander the strands of the world, bending to pick up those gorgeous fragments of glass.

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!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Franz on August 9, 2005
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This book was informative without being boring. It gives good tips on how to find sea glass and simple ways to rate its value. I found the history of how it comes to be most interesting plus it has beautiful pictures!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By William Oterson VINE VOICE on November 28, 2006
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I mean really, what's not to like. What could possibly be wrong with a book written about such a benign pastime. It almost sounds green - it is green! Picture this, you're at the seashore, strolling casually along, eyes to the sand, and you're intentionally removing pieces of glass (from broken bottles, etc.) that other, assumedly uncaring folk (litterbugs actually) have strewn into the sea. And we've made a sport of it too! Honestly though this is a nice book with loads of information, and really nice photos. The best of its genre I think. Makes me almost wish I lived by an open stretch of convenient beach.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Therese W. on September 8, 2005
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I love to sit down after I've collected some sea glass from a day at the beach and read this book. I love this book. I've learned so much from "Pure Sea Glass", for example what time of the year, what time of the month and where to search for sea glass. The photographs are wonderful and colors are treat for your eyes. I leave this book along with "Sea Glass Chronicles-Whispers from the Past" on my coffee table. I've catch members of my family and my daughters friends looking through this book. "Pure Sea Glass" has encouraged my husband and our daughter, along with her friends(20Y and older) to go out sea glass hunting. It's a wonder book...a must have for any beachfront owner or beach loving folk.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Alpert on July 5, 2006
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A friend had a copy of this book on her coffee table, and after only a quick glance, I knew I had to have my own! But let me warn you, it will turn any casual beachcomber picking up bits and pieces of sea glass into a passionate, even obsessive collector. The author shares impeccable research as well as a love for this gift of nature that is just irresistible. Give this book to anyone who loves sea glass--and you'll be overwhelmed by the thanks you'll get! First, though, treat yourself to a copy--it's just wonderful.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Graham on February 24, 2006
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Pure Sea Glass by Richard LaMotte is an awesome book. If you are into sea glass or want to get into it or are curious about just what on earth sea glass is...this is the book you need. It has interesting, historical facts, gorgeous, close-up photos, and is extremely well-researched. I have collected Sea Glass my whole life, becaue it was "pretty". (We always called it smooth glass). There is soooo much more to this interesting glass than just its' pretty looks. Mr. LaMotte offers detailed descriptions of the chemical compositions of various glasses and a unique look at the history of glass ware. And what a thrill to learn that I own several extremely rare pieces! Who knew? Check this book out...you'll be pleasantly surprised. It also makes a great coffee table book for those of you that don't really want to read anything but want a beautiful book on your table!
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