A framed seaside beach collage features a puffin and whale, all handmade using antique beach pottery, driftwood, 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 hand-painted puffin, synonymous with Anstruther and the Isle of May. This stunning nature reserve sits just off the coast in the Firth of Forth. The puffin sits on a piece of weathered driftwood. Alongside, swimming in the waves, is a little whale made from a beautifully patterned pieces of blue china. A piece of green stoneware creates a grassy hill in the foreground. On the horizon, forming a little island, sits a very special piece of pottery with part of the Royal crest of a unicorn and lion and the words 'Royal Ironstone' still visible. I've attached a photo or the original mark. Ironstone pottery was a type of stoneware developed in the early 1800's and known for its durability and strength. It was made from Cornish clay and cobalt colouring. Royal Ironstone means the manufacturer had received a Royal warrant to produce china for the Royal family. It's amazing how crisp the writing is despite over 100 years tumbling in the Scottish waves! Silver plated wire has been used to make the feet for the puffin and water spouts for the whale.
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: 1594)
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.