A sailing boat and 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 seaside scene features a little yacht made from pink and green spongeware patterned beach pottery. Two pieces of stoneware china form the sea and hills in the foreground. The driftwood has a lovely background of peeling white paint, exactly as it was discovered on the beach! Silver plated wire has been used to make the mast for the boat, a seagull in the sky and a fish swimming in the sea.
The piece measures approximately 6.5cm wide by 7cm high. The wood has a flat bottom so the piece can be a freestanding ornament. (Item: 1715)
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.