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Richard LaMotte

  • Bethany Beach Books 99 Garfield Pkwy Bethany Beach, DE, 19930 United States (map)

Meet Richard LaMotte, author of Pure Seaglass and his newest book, The Lure of Seaglass.

The Lure of Seaglass

The Lure of Sea Glass is Richard LaMotte's a much-awaited sequel to the ever-popular Pure Sea Glass book released in 2004. This elegant compilation reveals extraordinary stories that will inspire readers to continue their quest for coastal treasures and broaden their understanding of the history within their collections.

The artistry of Celia Pearson is once again featured with over 115 stunning photographs of sea glass from around the country. Her ability to capture the true essence and detail of these colorful gems.

In addition to stories of healing by the sea, collections from 14 regions of the United States are profiled with background on why certain shards are likely to be found in those areas. The reader is presented with more aspects on shard identification and exposed to the role history plays in what is found along their shores.

A number of special, uncommon finds are profiled that should further entice beachcombers to renew their search for these rare collectibles. After exploring what really draws people to this wonderful pursuit, the book ultimately looks at the role of sea glass in our past, present, and future. 

About Richard

Richard LaMotte has worked in marketing and advertising for a water analysis company since 1984. He is the active President of the North American Sea Glass Association and has assisted his wife, Nancy, in collecting more than 35,000 shards of sea glass. Following several years of glass research he wrote the book Pure Sea Glass.He continues to offer lectures, appraisals and signings throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Author Richard LaMotte has been at the forefront of sea-glass research since presenting his first lecture on the topic back in 2002.  His book, Pure Sea Glass, Discovering Nature’s Vanishing Gems, is a master reference on sea glass for North American collectors, earning first place in nonfiction from the Writer’s Digest 13th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards.

Richard has lectured or hosted hundreds of events in the United States and Canada.  His book and presentations educate and encourage collectors to develop successful beachcombing strategies and—through the history of glass manufacturing and the science of ocean weathering—unlock the mysteries of their seaside treasures. 

Richard has been featured in newspapers around the country including the Washington PostNew York TimesBoston GlobeThe Baltimore Sun; magazines such as: Coastal LivingParade MagazineDelaware Beach Life; and appeared on TV with The Martha Stewart Show and Maryland Public Television as well as interviewed on National Public Radio.

Richard and his family have collected more than 40,000 pieces of sea glass, much of it along the Chesapeake Bay near their home in Chestertown, Maryland.  He currently serves as President of the North American Sea Glass Association.

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