Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Mudlarked Gifts....

Over the last few weeks, I have received two wonderful packets in the post - gifts of  pottery shards.

The person who sent them to me had bought some of my jewellery, and was  inspired to go down to the foreshore herself, for a spot of mudlarking. She very kindly and generously sent me her finds, so that I could use them in my work.

So I would like to give a huge thanks to Madeline Fenton, who is an amazing artist and I am very honoured that she chose my work!

Please have a look at her paintings:  

Here is one of my favourites:

Madeline Fenton - Girl with Hat

I was more than delighted, since I hadn't been down to the river all winter - my excuses were that it was too cold (it was a bit cold, you must admit) and that I had to use up some of my existing collection... But - new pieces always inspire new ideas, and I have a lot of work lined up now!

Here are just a few of the highlights of what I received - a piece of combed slipware that was as big as my hand - the largest piece I have ever seen outside a museum:

Combed slipware - you can read more about these on the wonderful mudlarking blog :
Staffordshire Combed Slipware - 1690-1830

Another large piece has a beautiful seaweed design which I love:

This is the piece I received from Madeline

This is my entire previous collection of seaweed - waiting patiently until I have enough pieces for a bracelet (they need to be large enough, some of these are tiny...)

My entire collection inside the large piece I received...

Some of my other favourites are:

A huge piece of crackle shard, which I use in many ways for earrings etc'.

A piece of 'Pratt Ware' (the large piece in the middle) - now added to the rest of my collection of 'bracelet to be' pieces.
More about this design on my favourite mudlarking blog: Pratt Ware 1780s-1840s

more with interesting colours and patterns...

A beautiful pot top (the flower, bottom left), some Imari Porcelain  (top left), some Willow Pattern,  a pice of Delftware, and a beautiful piece featuring a squirrel and nuts

This gorgeous squirrel will eventually become a brooch

Westerwald - I love the textures on these

OK - off to work now!


  1. I love how your little pieces fit into your new big piece :) Just found you via Uppercase 17 mention and your etsy shop - hello!

  2. what a collection! and beautiful art! she is quite talented

  3. I think I found some seaweed bits, I must add them to your pile! x


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