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you will enjoy reading, especially if you love rare sea glass and sea
Interview with Joan Laverick of our
Authentica line of rare sea glass jewelry
After reviewing many sea glass
artist's sites on the internet, Lin came up with a chosen few that we
felt offered the very best of present-day sea glass jewelry.
Among the best who joined us at Odyssey Sea Glass to reveal their beautiful jewelry lines were Signe Lawson, who we interviewed last month (December 2011); and now we introduce Joan Laverick of Olde England's famous sea glass shores.
We are proud to announce the addition of Joan's Authentica Line, a combination of a
dazzling collection of very rare sea glass and innovative design and
Recently, Lin had a chance to ask
Joan about her background and art
Lin: Hi Joan. We've been
looking forward to this partnership for a long time.
First of all, why don't you tell us a little about yourself?
Joan: I’ve been a lover of the
sea since being a little girl.
My mam used to take us to her caravan most weekends and I would spend
hours surfing the beach. It was here where my first fascination with
sea glass was born.
I was in awe of the sea's wondrous gems that kept floating up onto the
shores and would hurriedly report my findings back to my family!
I have a wonderful loving family. I have been married for 34 years to
my dear husband Bill. I have three children, two boys and a girl, who I
love dearly. They give huge support to me and my work.
Now my life is about my family and grandchildren and my passion for
producing my jewellery.
I still work full time at the local college where I have worked for
over 7 years.
One of the nice aspects of my job, I get 14 weeks holiday each year
during which I can be found walking some of the best beaches in the
world for seaglass.
Lin: Where are you from?
Joan: I live just outside
Durham City North East England where I’ve lived all my life. It's a
lovely city with great history.
Here I have my sea glass on display at the Durham Tourist information
They’ve been a regular client of mine for the last year and I receive
amazing feedback from customers regarding my designs.
Lin: How did you get the
Joan: It all started when my
oldest son arrived home from a day at the beach with my grandson about
2 years ago. They handed me some multi-coloured seaglass they had
collected from a local beach.
I found these gems very beautiful and started going to the beach myself
to collect seaglass.
From here, I started to wire wrap the seaglass and made them into
necklaces and other jewellery items ~ all self taught too!
Lin: How did you get started
Joan: I made a pair of
earrings for a leaving present for someone at my place of work and was
asked if I could make more.
Before I knew it, I was selling them to all and sundry!! Soon orders
cane flooding in from friends and family. It was at this time that
‘Authentic Seaglass’ was born, www.authenticseaglass.co.uk.
I always remember one of the
first sites I used to visit on a regular basis for information in those
early days was Odyssey Sea Glass because it contained so much
I always remembered David & Lin's catch phrase, “Make your hobby
your business,” advice which I followed.
Lin: Have you ever taken any
classes for jewelry making?
Joan: No, I am self-taught
through trial and error. Attention to detail is essential as I’m a
perfectionist and will not be satisfied with my jewellery creations
until the heart says ‘YES I love that.’
Each item has a touch of tender loving care. I found that working with
sterling silver allowed me to broaden my range and bring more intricate
detail into the wrapping when coupled with silver soldering again self
Lin: How do you come up with
Joan: Through inspiration and
creative expression. Some of my designs come to me whilst dreaming.
I’m always thinking of new and exciting ways to enhance the pure
qualities of the seaglass which is uniquely beautiful in every sense of
Lin: Who has helped you with
your business along the way?
Joan: Shari Hart is a
remarkable lady who lives steps away from beautiful Nantasket Beach in
Hull, MA, a small seaside community located between Boston and Cape Cod.
Her website can be found at http://www.etsy.com/people/OceanSkye. She
sells the cards to a chain of stores including Reid Jaames, jewellers,
Hull Massachusetts USA, who sells organza bags of my handpicked
seaglass on my behalf.
Well, thank you so much
Joan for this glimpse into your seaglass and jewellery experience in
England and elsewhere. I know that our readers will enjoy reading this.
Authentica, Joan Laverick's
really special line of seaglass jewellery of rare colours from the
shores of the British Isles, is one of our featured lines here on
You can browse and buy her original seaglass jewellery on our site by clicking
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