As a treasure diver for over 30 years, I have been under water almost as much as I’ve roamed around on land. Most of the sites where I dive are underwater bottle dumps in the lakes, rivers and ocean harbors of New England. I dive year-round in Maine, recovering thousands of items dating from the 1790s to the 1890s.
Just a few years back, I had an epiphany underwater – instead of throwing the shards and broken items over my shoulder, I should bring them home and make things out of them. Though I can’t always count on great visibility, each site typically yields hundreds of whole items and countless broken fragments of glass and pottery that I later use in my artifact art.
Having been a glass collector even longer than I’ve been a diver, I have extensive knowledge of bottles, pottery and crockery, and know the time period most items come from and their general worth in today’s market. I use the “booty” – porcelain doll heads, clay pipes and various antique treasures and artifacts – in my one-of-a-kind glassworks. My latest direction has been creating beautiful, awe-inspiring stained-glass panels, using larger antique window and mirror frames.