This framed seaside beach collage features a tiny seagull and sailing boat, all handmade using antique beach pottery, driftwood, pebbles and stones 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.
A little seagull made from plain sea pottery sits on a lovely piece of weathered driftwood. The seagull's wings are made from a tiny fragment of bright blue sea china featuring the famous Willow pattern. I've included a photo of the original willow pattern - I'm sure you'll recognise it! A little yacht bobs in the waves alongside. It's sails are made from beautifully patterned blue pottery. It's incredible how vibrant the pattern is, despite decades of tumbling in the Scottish waves! A piece of blue stoneware, possibly from an old tile, creates waves in the foreground. Silver plated wire has been used to make the feet and beak for the seagull, a mast for the boat, a seagull in the sky and a silver fish swimming in the sea!
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:1730)
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.