The Land of Oak & Iron

Meet the Maker

sat11nov10:00 AMsat4:00 AMMeet the MakerWith Shore and Tide

Event Details

Come and meet Simon Haworth of Short and Tide at the Heritage Centre for another of our fortnightly ‘Meet the Maker’ events.

Shore and Tide uses sea glass collected at the famed Seaham Beach on the North East coast of England to produce unique jewellery.

Between the 1850s and 1921, the largest glass bottle works in Britain, the Londonderry Bottleworks in Seaham, Co Durham, produced up to 20,000 hand-blown bottles per day from its cliff top position. Discarded glass was thrown in to the North Sea. These ‘discards’ are now being washed back up on the shore, with no two pieces being the same.

Shore and Tide uses this sea glass to produce beautiful necklaces and earrings, with each piece of glass being tumbled in the waves for over 100 years.
More recently, Simon has expanded his area of ‘beachcombing’ and now uses sea glass from all along the North East coastline to also make framed sea glass pictures and cards.

The framed shell works are created using shells collected from the North East, and from Scottish coastlines.
Simon says (!!) “Everyone go to the beach and come home with a pebble, or driftwood, or a shell. This is how it started for me after lockdown. I picked up some sea glass and thought what can I make with this? Now here we are.”

A selection of Simon’s work is available to purchase for a short period in our shop or directly from his on her Meet the Maker day.

Please drop by to say hello and support local creatives and small businesses.


(Saturday) 10:00 AM - 4:00 AM


Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre

Spa Well Road, Winlaton Mill


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