I just returned from a gloriously relaxed week on Atlantic Beach, which is located in the southern Outer Banks of North Carolina. Every time I visit, the ocean offers a unique present to this tireless beachcomber. This trip, it was small, harmless jellyfish and…strangely…large hunks of cabbage. Last trip, it was starfish by the hundreds. The trip before, sand dollars were everywhere. Sometimes it’s slimy green seaweed or mysterious balls of clay.
Smooth stones tumbled by the sea are the one consistent treasure I find at Atlantic Beach. I collect them by the pocketfuls and bring them home to fill my sink and soap dishes. Usually in shades of white, gray, and black, these handsome matte pebbles remind me of how much I love Terri Logan’s jewelry made from river stones. Walking the beach, I was also inspired to honor Robert Ebendorf’s use of rocks and shells and claws. He presents these materials with consummate respect and grace.
If you are far from the shore (or perhaps in the midst of winter), I hope you can hear the crashing surf, feel the warm sand between your toes, and smell the salty air in this sensuous, sea-centric collection.
Robert Ebendorf, two brooches, two necklaces (details)