With spring fever spreading throughout Newport and Bristol Counties thanks to sunny skies and warm temperatures, the beaches are luring walkers, joggers and those who just like the meander by the sea. Suegray Fitzpatrick of Newport, like many ocean lovers, has a long-honed love of collecting the colorful, naturally tumbled and smoothed seaglass that speckle the shoreline, only she’s morphed her hobby into a highly-coveted line of jewelry and accessories know simply as the Suegray Seaglass collection. In shades of milk glass white, rich green, pale green, and eye-catching cobalt, the uneven glass pieces, softened by the sand and the tide though the years, are fastened by sterling silver wire to create necklaces, earrings, bracelets, pendants—even wreaths and key chains. Her work hasn’t gone unnoticed either. Suegray and her work have been featured in Coastal Living, Rhode Island Monthly and Newport Life magazines as well as on NPR.
A board member of the North American Sea Glass Association, a faculty member of the Newport Art Museum, and member of the Newport Artists Guild and Portsmouth Arts Guild, Suegray is a true artisan who crafts each piece with precision and care—and we’re lucky to have her in our backyard.
Suegray Seaglass is available at local shops including Primavera on Bowen’s Wharf, The Platinum House in Brick Market Place and J. H. Breakell & Co. on Spring Street in Newport. Across the Newport bridge, you’ll find Suegray Seaglass at Jamestown Design and at The Different Drummer in Wickford. Shop and see more on her web site, www.suegrayseaglass.com. Finally, the artist is exploring a new medium, crafting pendants from wax seals stamped into silver. Find her wax seal work on her esty site, www.suegrayjewelry.etsy.com.