Greek Sea Glass
by Christeena Hockin-Minopetros
(Voula, Greece/Cudjoe Key Florida)
One of most beautiful finds, Kea Island Greece
My name is Christeena and I am a professional sea glass collector and sea glass jewelry designer.
Thirteen years ago I moved to Greece on my own. I had turned 40 and was feeling like life was passing me by.
I sold my floral design business and packed two suitcases rented a 400 year old house on the island of Paros smack in the middle of the Greek Islands. At that time I had no idea what my career was going to be.
I had always been a beachcomber and love sunsets, so every night I would walk down to the shores of the Aegean Sea to watch the sunset.
One evening sitting on the beach I put my hand in the sand and up came a pile of sea glass.
By the time I met my Greek sailing captain husband 5 months later I had jars and jars of sea glass on the veranda of my house.
I have always been an artisan so working with the sea glass just came naturaly to me. My little hobby has turned into a full time business.
I have a full jewelry website http://www.seaglassjewels.com, I sell down in Key West Florida and I sit on the board of directors for the North American Sea Glass Association.
We still spend our summers in Greece and because my husband is still a captain we have the luxury of traveling through the islands collecting and collecting sea glass.
Our winters are spent in the Florida Keys, no sea glass there but perfect winter weather.
Who knew discarded shards of glass could put me where I am today?
Ahh the wonders of sea glass!