Seacycle – History of the Fife Coast

_20151010_125344“After years of collecting pottery shards, coloured sea-glass, washed up slate and shells, 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.”

Seacycle will be coming down the coast from the East Neuk to Inverkeithing for the INVERKEITHING FESTIVE MAKERS MARKET to show and sell her delightful decorative mosaics and carved sea slates – all with a fascinating history! See Faith on Saturday 12th December, 11AM – 4.30PM, Inverkeithing Civic Centre, Queen Street, KY11 1PA.

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.”

seacyle close-up



Karen Trotter – “to reveal and make new”

“Textures of tide and time fascinate me. Rust, splintered boats and batteries, driftwood, beaks, bones, bottle tops, feathers, glass, rope and seaweed find their place in my works, re-crafted with mosaic, abstracted in paint.

My art results from the compulsion to comb beaches; to search, to reveal and to make new.”

Karen has participated in Inverkeithing Art Initiative’s previous Art & Craft Markets and we’re delighted to say that her work, which never fails to fascinate and intrigue, will again be available to view and purchase at the ART:JAM on Saturday 12th September at Inverkeithing Civic Centre, Queen Street, 11am-4.30pm..

Karen recently exhibited her work at the Pittenweem Festival 1st-9th August 2015.

Karen Trotter