North American Sea Glass Festival
NASGA is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to establish a community of collectors and sellers of genuine sea glass. Members apply to this juried show each year for a chance to be part of this exciting event that features sea glass exhibitors, artists, jewelers, lectures, a sea glass contest, and more.
Each year, this show draws visitors from around the world, who come to see the beautiful jewelry and art created by NASGA members. A highlight of the festival is a visit to the Collectors’ Area, where beachcombers exhibit and share favorite pieces from their collections. Visitors get a chance to see some truly rare pieces, speak with the collectors about their finds, and learn more about treasures found on beaches around the world.
Sea glass artisans travel from around the U.S. to sell their jewelry, arts, home decor, and accessories. Visitors get a chance to bring home a little bit of the beach from some of the most talented sea glass craftspeople, and to share some of their favorite pieces with their friends, new and old.
A lecture series presents informative talks from experts. Lectures include the chance for audience members to ask questions of the speakers. In 2019, Jason Sandy, Member of the Society of Thames Mudlarks, traveled from London, England, to give the keynote presentation, “Mudlarking: Historic Glass and Gems,” on Saturday, and “Mudlarking: A Journey Through Time” on Sunday. Jeanette Bartolomeo from the Sunset Beach Gift Shops in Cape May spoke on “Cape May Diamonds” on Saturday. (Learn more about Cape May diamonds.) Mary McCarthy, NASGA Education Chair, shared a talk on “Sea Glass Gemstones” on Sunday.
The finale of the event is the Shard of the Year Contest on Sunday afternoon, where private collectors from around the world show off some of their finds and compete for cash prizes. Prizes are awarded in several categories, including Frosted Bottles, Pottery/Ceramics, Whimsical/Toys, Bottle Stopper, Most Unusual, Historical, Art Glass, Marbles, Buttons, Figural, and Grand Prize Overall Beauty Winner, with a cash prize.
This gathering of sea glass collectors and artisans from around the world, the North American Sea Glass Festival is a dream weekend for beachcombers.
Learn more on the North American Sea Glass Association website