Having grown up with a woodcarver father, my first artistic ventures were wood-related, and I created woodblock designs for printing. designed and built small wooden boats, and designed and built wooden toys and contemporary dollhouses. After studying art and education in college, I taught woodworking, art, history of architecture, while continuing to work on crafts and sculpture, graphic design, printmaking and dabbling in a variety of media. I now incorporate sea glass into my crafts and artwork.
I have been a beach-comber all my life, and have amassed quite a large collection of beautiful sea glass. My husband, Carl Butler, also enjoys finding sea glass and bottles. We love exploring and tend to drag home all types of interesting jetsam and driftwood. Our house and environs is a testament to our love of the sea and what it offers! We are lucky to have lived in the Virgin Islands, where there is much historic glass, due to the shipping trade pre-1880's. We both enjoy trying to find connections to the original type of glass that became the shards we find.
For decades, I only collected blue seaglass and blue and white pottery shards. When I married in 1986, it was my husbad's black sea bottle collection that spurred my interest in historic glass. I became hooked on "black" glass! I now have an extensive collection of black kickups, bottoms and lips. I particlarly enjoy incorporating historic glass into stained glass work and jewelry.
We recently relocated to beautiful coastal Lewes, Delaware.
Environmental protection is extremely important to me.
Recycling sea glass (again) into new artistic creations is a perfect venue for me, especially with my love for the sea and history.
Mary Louise "Wiesy" Lauffer
9 Schaffer lane
Lewes DE 19958