Artist Eileen Clark creates all of her seaglass jewelry and giftware in her Guilford, Connecticut studio. Each piece is made to order using sterling silver, stainless and glass from Long Island Sound and around the world.
Whether on a bike, paddling a kayak or strolling the shore she is always searching for treasures from the sea. What some might consider to be trash - she sees them as rare gems. Sea glass comes from discarded glassware that has been tumbling in the water amongst the rocks and sand. It takes decades for the shards to become frosted. Collectors use terms such as 'softened' or 'cooked' to describe a piece that is jewelry ready.
Eileen endeavors to use only genuine beach collected surf tumbled glass. However, with recycling and more plastics the resources are decreasing. In order to meet the high demand for cobalts, teals and seafoam she reluctantly accepts recycled glass for use in some pendants and earrings. Integrity means everything to Odonata Seaglass and we are happy to disclose at your request the origin of each piece of glass.
After a refreshing day of glass hunting she sorts the glass to jars according to the way each will be used. Some are drilled while others might be wire wrapped. Eileen will set to the task of drilling hundreds of pieces of glass with a diamond core bit at a tabletop drill press. Once the drilling is complete she sorts the glass by color and lays them out to begin matching for earrings. Finally, she combines the glass with bright sterling silver to make one of a kind wearable treasures for you.