Seacycle – ” an abundance of sea china”

Seacycle will be joining IAI for our third Art & Craft Market in Inverkeithing on 12th September, displaying and selling decorated plaques made with lovingly selected sea pottery, and hand-carved Celtic and sea-inspired designs on washed up slates.

“What started as a fascination for things that I found when beach combing like pottery shards, coloured sea-glass, washed-up slate and shells became a full-blown hobby – often coming home with my pockets full of treasures.

After years of collecting I thought I would try my hand at making something out of it so that other people can have a little piece of history of the Fife Coast.”

seacyle close-up

seacycle slatePenguin

There was always an abundance of sea china around the Kirkcaldy area, probably a result of the past history of many pottery works which sadly no longer exist. The earliest history of pottery recorded was about 1610. By the end of the 19th century there were four main potteries, Fife, Kirkcaldy, Rosslyn and Sinclairtown from around 1837-1932. They used a variety of techniques that made functional and decorative ceramics including hand-painting and sponge printing. Lots of the pieces I have found date back over 150 years verified by the finishing.

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