A tiny seagull driftwood ornament handmade using antique beach pottery, stones, driftwood and pebbles found washed-up on the beautiful beaches of the East Neuk of Fife, Scotland. The pottery I use is often 19th Century antique beach china - mostly Victorian.
This seaside scene features a seagull made from plain white beach pottery, it's wings made from a tiny fragment of blue pottery featuring the famous Willow pattern! The seagull sits on a piece of green stoneware and an unusual brown, pink and green china sits in the foreground. I can't make out the pattern but it could possible be fruit of some kind! Silver plated wire has been used to make the feet and beak for the seagull and a seagull in the sky.
The piece is mounted on a little cube of driftwood. It measures approximately 6cm wide by 5.5cm high and 5.5cm deep. The wood has a flat bottom so the piece can be a freestanding ornament. (Item: 1660)
These fragments of patterned pottery and china gather between the rocks and pebbles at low tide. Many of these pieces originate from the 1800’s and 1900’s, sometimes dating back to the Victorian and Regency eras when the nearby town of Kirkcaldy was at the heart of the Scottish pottery industry. Despite being tumbled and smoothed by the Scottish waves for so long, the patterns and colours remain wonderfully vibrant and the transformative power of the sea ensures each fragment is entirely unique.