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 Post, New York Times, Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun; magazines such as: Coastal Living, Parade Magazine, Delaware 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.