Jewelry maker Lyntaga Smith can be forgiven for chuckling a bit as she watches commercial fishing vessels return to shore from chasing their catch. That’s because Lyntaga gathers her treasures of the sea just by walking the beach at low tide.
This artistic “seaglunker,” a person who scours ocean beaches for sea glass, revels in the beauty of the tumbled glass as she transforms glass “litter” into jewelry and home décor items.
“I love the beauty of what a shard of glass can become and what happens to it over time when it’s tumbled in the ocean. To me it’s nature’s own jewels.”
Unlike gems like diamonds and rubies, which are naturally occurring then processed by man, sea glass has a man-made beginning that is modified by nature. The discarded glass pieces are tumbled by the ocean to yield a well-frosted look with smooth edges.
“For many years I was going to the Ventnor Cultural Art Center for pottery, painting, and jewelry making classes. But I had been collecting sea glass for over 15 years. I had it all over my house. So I started making pendants for family and friends for birthdays and holidays. “
What started as a hobby has morphed into a vocation for the Inlet resident.
“It’s taken me to creating my own business, Sea Me Glow. I have it in a couple of yoga studios, here at Gardner’s Basin, the Hamilton Mall, and on my own Etsy page. I’ve just become a yoga instructor, but sea glass is my baby. I even try to take my vacations where I can get sea glass.”
After being produced by man and changed by nature, Lyntaga is taking her sea glass an artistic step forward.
-John “Yonk” Rosnick