Collection: 'Ōpala

This is NOT sea glass. This is recycled glass. Here is its story...

A number of years ago, I had a terrifying experience at one of my favorite sea glass spots. I was chased by two men in what I can only describe as a nightmare-like altered reality. This day completely sidelined my beach combing past time, as well as my quest to find THE epic sea glass beach on Maui that I KNEW was out there but still had yet to find. 

This sad and scary morning led me instead, in a weird meandering way, to a different treasure old dump (centuries old) filled with hand painted China and beautiful tile, intact bottles, insulators, and glass in every color of the rainbow. While it wasn't sea glass, I still found it mesmerizing and I took it as a sign; one of the darkest days of my life had led me, literally, to a rainbow. I am certain that when we try, we can ALL make rainbows out of rain. We MUST...because that is what it is to be human.

I am always 100% transparent when I use recycled glass versus sea glass. This recycled art is not an attempt to "pass off" machine tumbled glass as sea glass - as that would erase the importance of this story. Rather, these pieces are a reminder that every dark cloud has a silver lining. No lemons, no lemonade. No trash, no treasure. No rain, no rainbow.