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.
A little seagull and whale 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 seagull made from plain white beach pottery and perched on a driftwood branch. It's wings are made from a fragment of blue & white patterned china. The seagull sits on an antique pottery stilt. These were used in the ceramic factories of Kirkcaldy to hold the pottery whilst in the kiln. A little yacht bobs in the waves alongside - again it's sails are made from floral patterned beach pottery. More pieces of blue stoneware and china make up the waves in the foreground. Silver plated wire has been used to make the feet and beak for the seagull, the mast for the boat, a teeny seagull in the sky and a fish swimming in the sea.
The piece measures approximately 8cm wide by 9.5cm high. The wood has a flat bottom so the piece can be a freestanding ornament. (Item: 1661)