A framed seaside beach collage featuring a puffin and lifeboat, all handmade using antique beach pottery, stones 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 whimsical seaside scene features a puffin, hand-painted onto plain sea pottery. Puffins are synonymous with Anstruther and the Isle of May. This stunning nature reserve sits just off the coast in the Firth of Forth. Alongside the puffin is a little blue sailing boat, made from antique blue stoneware. The china features a ridge - probably the underside of a plate but it looks perfect as the sails! More sea china makes up waves and hills in the foreground, including a piece with a green stoneware pattern. Silver plated wire has been used to make the feet for the puffin, a tiny fish in the sea, a mast for the boat and a seagull in the sky.
The piece comes in a wooden box frame and measures 18cm square. Please choose your frame colour (either white wood or rustic washed wood) using the drop down menu. (Item: 1734)
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.