A little highland cow 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 tiny scene features a hand-painted highland cow, hand-painted in metallic paint onto white antique beach pottery. A piece of sea-worn green terracotta tile forms a grassy mound, alongside a piece of sponge-ware pottery with a green leaf and pink flower. Silver plated wire has been used to make the horns and legs for the cow and a seagull in the sky.
The piece measures approximately 8cm wide by 8.5cm high. The wood has a flat bottom so the piece can be a freestanding ornament. (Item: 1653)
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.