Today we are honored to introduce you to Mary Beth from West Coast Sea Glass.
Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.
My name is Mary Beth Beuke and I am the owner, collector and one of the artists at West Coast Sea Glass, a company that specializes in genuine, historic sea glass collected by us and set into fine jewelry. As lifelong beachcombers, we have gathered a vintage collection of every color and shape of glass. Sea glass originates from old bottles, table ware and glass items that were tossed into the sea decades ago but have been on a journey, naturally tumbling in the ocean’s elements. We are trained silversmiths and create one of a kind art with our rarest pieces. We also travel the world for our finds and display our collection for show and speak at museums on history and identification of sea glass. Our products are found all over the globe in over 50 galleries and boutiques.
We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?
Our studio is along the Pacific shore and we can truly call the beach our “office”. Out of the back of our studio we look out at the Olympic mountain range daily. So natures beauty is all around us. Sea glass is a dying resource so I don’t get out on the beach as often and though a lot of my job entails office, phone and computer work, I am blessed to have a career that is creative and where I can use my skills in my art on a daily basis.
Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?
The ocean (of course). It’s power, color and transforming characteristics are a daily reminder to me that, like sea glass our rough edges can be worn smooth and beautiful with time and an otherwise “rugged” journey.
On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?
We are surrounded by color at West Coast Sea Glass. Our collection is categorized by color, condition and by which ocean it was found along. We keep the pieces in stylish wicker baskets shelved throughout the studio. Plus we make a point of scheduling in regular beach trips just to keep us inspired and out in nature even on the dreary days.
What are you most grateful for?
At this point in my journey I am thankful for life itself. I became very sick was diagnosed this summer with a large, cancerous abdominal tumour and have been in chemotherapy for five months. I finish climbing that mountain next month and hope to have news of a positive prognosis to share with my three beautiful children soon. I am thankful for the days I have now, here on this earth to live and love those around me.
Check back later today for an amazing giveaway from West Coast Sea Glass!