Nfld. & Labrador

'It's like a treasure hunt,' says sea glass artist

Dianna Grenning has been a lifelong sea glass collector, and she finds her glass collection works well in mosaic-style wall art.

Dianna Grenning makes sea glass art on What are you at?

Dianna Grenning of Chapel's Cove creates wall art out of sea glass and beach rocks. (Bruce Tilley/CBC)

"When I go out picking sea glass it's kind of like a treasure hunt," says Dianna Grenning of Chapel's Cove.

All her life, Grenning has loved picking up the little bits of coloured glass which wash up on beaches around this province.

She collected sea glass as a child growing up in Notre Dame Bay, and now she goes on glass collecting missions in Conception Bay with her two young sons.

Most of the pieces she finds are flat and jagged, which Grenning said work well in mosaic-style wall art.

She incorporates the glass into Newfoundland scenes, such as clotheslines and row houses.

This is a piece of art Dianna Grenning has created out of sea glass and other objects from the natural world. (Bruce Tilley/CBC)

Grenning said she plans to get her entire family out again this summer to replenish her art supplies, and to expand her palette of glass colours.

"The rarest piece to find is a red."

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Heather Barrett is the host and producer of Weekend AM on CBC Radio One in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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