Hello! My name is Kathy Forrestel Vallen. I grew up year round in Ocean City, New Jersey. As a child, I spent many hours on the beach. I always collected shells usually after big storms. On a trip to Saint Martin I discovered sea glass and the wonderful meditative feelings you get while collecting it. Since that trip I have perpetually found myself on the hunt for sea glass.

As my collection grew, I knew my obsession with sea glass would continue but I needed to find a way to share my love of sea glass with others. My latest passion is creating sea glass jewelry, increasing my collection of tools, and knowledge of silversmithing. I am so happy to share my collection of RipTide Sea Glass Jewelry with all of you!