Report from the Ashtabula Beach Glass Festival 2011

Yesterday I dragged my husband to Ashtabula for the third annual Ashtabula Beach Glass Festival. I have been working with beach glass for several years and though I am not big on selling my work at shows, I do enjoy supporting other artists and seeing what they are creating. The weather was perfect, not too hot and not too windy. There weren't huge crowds, but the vendors I knew said that they were doing well over the 2 day show. I especially enjoyed seeing my Cleveland Handmade teammate Jacquie of Jlynncreations, whose work sells like hotcakes on Etsy, and the beach glass fine silver jewelry made by Dottie Gilbo of DMG Creations. Her pmc work is just lovely. Another stand out was the booth of Youngstown native Marcie Roepke-Applegate of Flybird Designs. I had a thing for her cast bronze metal clay maple seed pod pendants. 
Another great Youngstown jewelry artist was Kathy Grantonic of Just Sayin'. Her booth was perpetually crowded for obvious reasons. You can see her whimsical work in her Etsy shop here.
Thought you might enjoy a few photos from the event.
Wow. Beach glass mosaic windows!
Afterward we headed the nearby Walnut Beach and did a little beachcombing of our own. Actually found some great stones and beach glass in spite of the fact that there were a lot of like-minded beachcombers there that day.
Walnut Beach, Ashtabula, OH


JLynnCreations said...

I was so happy you stopped by to chat with me Susan! It was great to see you and meet "Mr.SToNZ" too. There are always such wonderful things to be found at this show and it's great meeting so many beach glass enthusiasts! Did you see the way cool beach glass turtles? Loved them so much I had to buy two!

Of course, no beach glass show is really complete without SToNZ jewelry, but we understand :-)

Kathy Grantonic said...

Hi Susan!

Thank you for your kind words. The festival was outstanding and I too am awed by all the talent and unique items.

I was fortunate enough to have been placed next to JLynn Creations and absolutely loved talking to her all weekend. Her success is something we as artisans strive for.

Looking forward to next year and getting ideas already on how to improve the "Pendant Bar".

Just Sayin'

Anonymous said...

Wow! You took a ton of photos. Looks fun!

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