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Buffalo Beach Glass & Coastal Arts Festival

Great Lakes Beach Glass Festival

Read more about the 2018 festival below. See you at the Great Lakes Beach Glass & Coastal Arts Festival on May 4th & 5th, 2019 at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pennsylvania. We’ll be back in Buffalo in Spring 2020!

Be sure to take a look at the Beach Glass Festival photo album from the Buffalo News of our happy visitors!

The 2018 Buffalo Beach Glass & Coastal Arts Festival

April 14-15, 2018 • The Event Center at the Hamburg Fairgrounds
Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm — Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm

Thanks to everyone who joined us for two days dedicated to beach and sea glass! Over 85 talented sea glass and beach glass artists, jewelers, and collectors from all across the U.S. and Canada showcased their creations, sharing their knowledge through our lecture series, judging our Best Beach Find Contest, and enjoying a great weekend with fellow beach lovers.
Mar Man Cave

  • Come learn how to make your own sea glass jewelry, dive into the history of glassware and backyard bottle hunting, and hear about shipwrecks on the Great lakes in our lecture series.
  • Bring your favorite beachcombing finds to enter to win cash prizes in the Best Beach Find Contest.
  • Over 85 talented artists, beer and wine, food trucks, and plenty of parking

Admission: Adults: $6 for one day, $10 for both days • Military/55 and Over/Kids age 1-12: $4

There’s something for everyone, including a place to hang out and take a break from the show: The Mer-Man Cave! Relax, grab a beer or wine and a bite from the food trucks, and hang out while your friends enjoy this once-a-year Great Lakes beach glass festival!

This is a juried show, which means you will be seeing the best and brightest of the beach and sea glass community. Vendors will be showing you the most remarkable sea and beach glass creations and coastal arts from around North America at this Great Lakes beach glass festival.

We teamed up with Jennifer and Terri Reed from Relish, Inc. in Erie, PA to offer this sister show to their Great Lakes Beach Glass & Coastal Arts Festival, to run every other year in even-numbered years, alternating with the Erie show in odd-numbered years. In the same style as the amazingly successful Great Lakes festival in Pennsylvania, which has seen amazing success, we are offering the best sea glass and beach glass vendors from all across the country and Canada, inspiring lectures, a Best Beach Find Contest in Buffalo in 2018.

Great Lakes Beach Glass and Coastal Arts Festival Lecture Series

Lecture Series

Talks all about beach glass with our stellar lineup of speakers:

  • Meg Carter, Jeweler, Made by Meg, Columnist, Glassing Magazine
    On Saturday at noon, Meg Carter spoke about “Sea Glass Jewelry, Beginner to Pro Q&A”. Attendees learned the basics of sea glass jewelry making in a fun, interactive presentation.
  • Peter Jablonski, President, Greater Buffalo Bottle Collectors Association
    Peter offered Time Capsule in Your Backyard (how to locate and dig a privy for bottles and artifacts, how glass bottles were made, a brief history of the Lancaster and Lockport NY Glassworks, how to date and identify your finds, along with a large display of bottles from 1850-1900, stoneware crocks, clay pipes, chamber pots, doll heads, clay pipes, blue and white transferware, coins, buttons, miscellaneous glass artifacts and shards.
    Peter Jablonski also presented “Bottle Collecting Categories” (historic Flasks, Bitters, Mineral Waters, Quack Medicines, Milks, Beers , Pontil-ed Sodas Poisons, etc.)
  • Debra Hall-Stonish, Docent, Explore Buffalo
    Debra shared her talk “The Erie Canal: The Creation of the Empire State.” The Erie Canal had a significant impact not only on the growth of Buffalo but the growth of the nation. The talk included: the initial concept of the Canal, the political fight to make it a reality, the construction of this amazing civil engineering feat, and its effect on the economy of Buffalo as it became one of the largest inland ports in the world.
  • Mike and Georgann Wachter, Shipwreck Hunters
    Mike and Georgann spoke about “Sidewheel: Tragedy & Treasure.” These shipwreck divers discussed some of the worst disasters on open waters of the Great Lakes, which occurred on sidewheel steamers.

Best Beach Find Contest

Attendees brought their greatest recent discoveries to enter in the Best Beach Find Contest. Entries — one free with paid admission, and up to three additional entries are $5 each and accepted until 3 pm on Sunday. There were cash prizes for Best of Show, runner up winners, and prizes in other categories such as toys, sea glass bottles, marbles, etc.


The Event Center is located at the Fairgrounds in Hamburg, NY. This 74,000-square-foot exhibit hall will be filled with beach glass artisans and collectors selling everything from beach glass jewelry to one-of-a-kind artworks. There is plenty of parking and the event center is ADA accessible. Directions ›

Visitors came for a day or for the weekend and enjoyed the beauty of Lake Erie beaches (5 miles away), exciting Buffalo (15 miles), gorgeous Niagara Falls (30 miles), and charming Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario (50 miles) for a dream weekend for sea glass lovers. Check out Niagara Falls from both sides!  Learn more ›


All About Sea Glass
Paula Fedele

Amyables Sea Glass
Amy Kostecki

Angela Schanfish Custom Creations
Angela Schanfish

Aremel Soaps
Robin Lenhard

Artisan Sea Glass
Amy Schmitt

At Water’s Edge
Dan & Carol Jackson

Beach Bum Glass / Glassing Magazine
Glassing/Beach Bum Glass

Beach Glass Jewelry
Dr. Renee Ascher-Ellis

Beach Baubles
Marianna Bellatoni

Beach Glass Bling Windows
Kristine Welchko

Beach Glass Chic
Denise Tunney

Beach Glass Jewelry by Tina
Tina Banzer

Beach Treasures
Pam McCormick

Bead Boutique dba A Mermaids Musings
Tricia Hall

Becky’s Beach Glass Designs
Becky Fox

Black Dog Design
Cindy Mullen

Blue Harbor Jewelry
Jeanette Leonard

Buckeye Chocolate Company
John Formanski

Leah Show

Destello Jewelry
Sherri Herman

Dottie Gilbo

England beach Glass
Joanne England

Etched by the Sea
Kirsti Scott

France’s Finest Findings
France Lessard

Fullmoon Studio Clayworks
Fumihiko Mochizuki

Teresa Schaubel

Glacial Impressions
Kevin Selkregg

Heart to Heart Design
Kyle Kochiss

Jewelry Beyond the Sea
Cheryl Perez

Jill Rouke Handwovens
Jill Rouke

JPW Pottery
Jane P Waxenfelter

Julie Anderson Design
Julie Anderson

Just Beachy
Sandra Amoia

Kate Samson Design
Kate Samson

Lakeland Winery
Andrew Watkins

Lakewinds Design
Jeanne Comerford

Lovely Glassworks
Lynn Lovely

Made by Meg
Meg Carter

Mary’s Lakeside Designs
Mary Gugliuzza

McDaniel Pottery
Caelin McDaniel

Monkey in Silver Creek
Tina LaFalce

Nature’s Drift
Terri King

North Coast Beachcombers
Daniel Carr

Once Upon My Shore
Emily Mobilia

One Woman’s Empire
Charlene Schum

Papaya Arts
Kenia Ciraulo

Pastries by Andrea
Andrea Reiser

Peterman Prints
Scott Peterman

Pink Cottage Natural Bodycare
Janice Fatica

Poseys by the Sea
Sue Posey

Jennifer Reed

Saltbox Primitives
Jerry and Frances George

Sea Glass Art by Mary Lou Powers
Mary Lou Powers

Sea Glass Creations
Sharon DeAngelo

Sea Glass Heart Art
Stephanie Swain

Sea Glass Searcher’s Club
Cindy Bilbao

Sea Goddess Treasures
Francine Mueller

Sea Helper
Sean Hodino

Ann Marie Johnson

Seaside Beach Glass
Michelle and Gladys

Lisa Gadway

Shell ‘n’ Swells
Yvonne Marks Smith

Ship or Shore
Tammy Shannon

Signeture Line
Signe Lawson

Silver Whimsies
Wendy Garver

Victoria Wieczorek

SRM Arts
Shaina Renea Michael

Sue’s Artisitc View
Sue Sessaman

Suegray Sea Glass
Sue Gray

Sunsport Canvas
Dennis and Chris Ann Buday

Tanning Rocks Workshop
Renata Tarnacki

Thairapy Jewels
Amy Bartell

The Deep Blue
Barbara Fletcher

Treasures in Nature
Jeanne Kollecker

Deborah Florian

Washed Ashore Jewelry
Beverly Vinch

We R Nuts
Pearl Omphaluis

Xtalfeather! Visionary Healing Jewelry
JD Foriest

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