Beachcombing – Guest Blog by Kerry Hughes of Beachcomber Jewellery
I’ve always had a bit of a thing for beachcombing – when I was little and living in the Midlands I would live for those 2 weeks on a Welsh beach and go home with buckets full of shells and sea glass and bits of driftwood that to me seemed magical – and I have to say still do. We were lucky enough to move to West Wales 10 years ago and I’m now able to indulge my beachcombing passion on a daily basis.
I started Beachcomber Jewellery so that I had something to do with all my finds (and to justify coming home every day with pockets full of treasures). The jewellery I make is totally inspired by the amazing beaches in this area; I use locally found sea glass and sea pottery, and also textures and shapes from the beach.
Sea glass for those who don’t know, is old bottles and jars that have been discarded into the sea over the centuries, worn down to smooth organic forms by the constant ebb and flow of the tide, eventually washing up on the shoreline, resting in the sand awaiting discovery – recycling at its best.
These beautiful translucent pieces can be found in many colours, the most unusual being reds and oranges, some can date back as far as the 17th century. The glass can be found in many shapes depending on the original shape of the shard and the length of time that it has been tumbled in the ocean.
The sea pottery is pieces of broken plates and cups etc. that have had a similar journey. It always intrigues me to know the history of these pieces; I particularly like to find pottery with text.
The beaches in Ceredigion are an absolute inspiration. Each of the beaches that I beachcomb on a regular basis has its own magic. The stretch of beach between Aberarth and Aberaeron always has ‘treasure’ to be found, in particular some lovely pieces of driftwood. Tresaith has an array of beautiful shells including the unusual pelican’s foot and my favourite the queenie scallop, I’ve even been lucky enough to find cowries there.
Penbryn never fails to inspire with its spectacular waves. The rock pools at Aberporth at low tide are always fascinating, it’s always worth taking the time to sit and gaze into the pools to watch the amazing creatures going about their business. Into Pembrokeshire there is Poppit Sands with its incredible dunes and there are always interesting finds on the strandline such as masked crabs. There is always so much to see and find on all the beaches here, as for the best beaches for finding sea glass and sea pottery – well that would be telling wouldn’t it…
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Stay in a cottage to explore the West Wales beaches.