The Artists

Page Gehrke

Sea glass jewelry & mosaics

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I fell in love with sea glass the first time I picked up a piece from the sea shore. Since that time, I've collected my own sea glass from two Washington beaches, in Port Townsend, where I lived briefly and Agate Pass in Suquamish, where I now live. Since 2015, I've utilized my artist-found sea glass as a predominant component in my jewelry, and I've expanded my art to include sea glass mosaics. Whether simple or complex in design, my work is reminiscent of the sea and shore, where I find my sea treasures. My art reminds you of the wonders of the sea. That its power can take trash; glass, pottery, metal and wood, and return it to shore as something beautiful. It's the ultimate in recycling/upcycling/repurposing.

My sea glass, combined with my vast collection of pearls, semi-precious stones and sterling, gold and copper components, makes for colorful, sea themed jewelry. I've begun combining my hammered fine silver pieces to create one of a kind, statement jewelry. The final outcome is balanced pieces that wear well, feel great, and add individual flair for the wearer. My goal is to create something out of wasted items that speaks to the power of renewal. And to make something that's visually pleasing, textural, and feels good against your skin, a total feast for your senses.

My sea glass mosaics utilize sea shells and sea pottery along with found sea glass. I also find vintage pieces (like old cigar boxes or frames) as well as new items that can be used as the basis for my sea glass mosaics. With my mosaics, I usually paint or stain each base piece, then distress it to make it look weathered, like sea cottages. The final piece is a minder of the sea, its power and beauty, and the great times you've had there.