Living in Anstruther on the Firth of Forth, I am very lucky to be only a short boat hop away from the beautiful Isle of May, one of Scotland’s most stunning natural nature reserves. Amongst the huge array of seabirds that make it their home for the summer, is the magical and comical puffin. Upwards of 120,000 have been recorded on the little island!
When East Neuk Beach Crafts first began in 2016, I initially focused on seagulls, boats and other details that required little or no alteration other than the arrangements of the pottery or sea glass shards in an imaginative way. Everything I made was created using the pieces exactly as they were found them on the beach. As an experiment I started to add paint to some of the plain white pottery and my first venture was a little colourful puffin! Immediately, my fans loved them. I started creating more and more, developing my techniques over time and now they are by far my bestseller! (The driftwood piece below was my very first attempt from July 2016.)
In the summer Anstruther is bursting with tourists, coming from all over the world to take a trip on either the May Princess or one of the Osprey’s boats to spend a few hours with the puffins on the May Isle. My little pottery puffins provide a perfect memento of your holiday, not only giving you your own little puffin to take home but also tiny antique keepsakes from the beaches of the East Neuk of Fife!
All of my puffins are made from naturally sea-worn antique pottery so no two will ever be the same and each is bestowed with its own little personality. I mount my puffins on driftwood or parts of old boats and fishing creels. You can also buy framed puffins where they sit happily in their own little backdrop, often featuring boats, lighthouses, seals, whales or whatever else my imagination can conjure up.
I hope you love my puffins as much as I do... and don’t forget if you want to see the real thing, come along to Anstruther and take one of the wonderful day trips to the Isle of May. You will also be treated to seals, a huge array of seabirds and possibly the occasional dolphin or whale!
I now have a range of puffins (and Isle of May ferry boats!) available to buy in the Anstruther Pleasure Cruises ticket booth. Find them on Anstruther pier (Shore Street) or click here to see our full range of puffins to buy online.
(first photograph of puffins & sand eels, courtesy of The Osprey)