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 blue & white stripy china. A matching stripy whale swims in the sea alongside. Fragments of blue and green pottery make up the foreground of a grassy mound and some waves. The whole scene is mounted on a piece of driftwood with rustic peeling sky blue paint, exactly as it was found on the beach! Silver plated wire has been used to make the feet and beak for the seagull, the water spouts for the whale, a teeny seagull in the sky and a fish swimming in the sea.
The piece measures approximately 8.5cm wide by 8.5cm high. The wood has a flat bottom so the piece can be a freestanding ornament. (Item: 1656)