Wednesday, 2 July 2014

A Funky Scottish Decade - Sea Pottery Collection

"Sometimes an idea just happens when playing around with shapes and colour...."
- Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish

This year, it's the 10th Anniversary of the launch of the first iconic, East Neuk collection by
Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish!   In celebration, we're producing a special series of blog posts about a decade of her definitive Funky Scottish collections.  You can click here to read our introduction.  As we rewind back through the years to 2004, we discover one of the most recent collections in the series, 'Sea Pottery'.  

'Sea Pottery' evolved out of the elements - sculpted by the sand and the sea! Originally, this locally beach-combed sea pottery was arranged by Karen into various shapes on sand. Ultimately though, driftwood and denim were the backgrounds she chose to achieve the final design. The following images - with artist's notes from Karen - outline the progression of the original idea....

"I love collecting bits of sea washed pottery from all the beaches round the East Neuk...."

"I have a big collection of these beautiful fragments of domestic ware and I always wanted to make something from them but was loathe to glue them down. When arranged loosely, you can choose so many variations".


"I started playing with different backgrounds, different shapes and finally settled on the heart as it's a favourite of mine - I use this shape it a lot in my work. I found a lovely whitewashed bit of driftwood, which was a perfect backdrop. I also love the colour of denim so I photographed a pair of my jeans which worked perfectly with the blue and white pottery pieces." 

"Sometimes an idea just happens when playing around with shapes and colour...."

"...and finally, the Sea Pottery range was born!"

Since its launch, the Sea Pottery design has been made into a range of mounted prints, mugs, coasters, tiles, notebooks and cards.  It continues to be very popular with visitors to the Funky Scottish boutique!

Meet us again next week for this artistic adventure, back in time, through a Funky Scottish decade!
Also, join us this August for the Pittenweem Arts Festival.  Karen Edward will host her 10th Anniversary exhibition in the Funky Scottish gallery.  Find out more about this renowned annual event at


Living by the sea, Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish is naturally drawn to coastal themes and has developing her own unmistakable flair for showcasing the unique character of the East Neuk. Her favourite subjects include the houses, animals, boats and seascapes she observes in and around the fishing villages. Karen will also happily paint bespoke ceramics reflecting your own unique character and interests. Choose a gift or crockery collection to celebrate special occasions including birthdays, anniversaries and weddings. If you'd like to order your own exclusive, hand-painted piece, please get in touch!  

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