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Posts Tagged ‘beachcombing for pottery’

I love a good mystery!

Posted by Jody on March 27, 2014

I just love finding pottery shards and stoneware bits on the beach! And I love a good mystery!

Put them together and we’ve got the perfect beach treasure mystery to solve:

Eva Dodsworth found this small piece of pottery on the beach 15 miles south of St. Augustine Beach, Florida, recently. She says: “I’m trying to figure out the history of it. It looks like it may be from the 1800s? I’m not too familiar with pottery patterns but my research shows that perhaps is British transferware?”

“Does anybody know? Thanks!”

A piece of pottery found a few miles south of St. Augustine during low tide at 29 42'17.59"N 81 3'29.18W. I'm thinking 1860s British Transferware?

“A piece of pottery found a few miles south of St. Augustine during low tide at 29 42’17.59″N 81 3’29.18W. I’m thinking 1860s British Transferware?”


Well, what do you think? Do you recognize this pattern? We’d love to hear from you!


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Soap Solutions with Seaside Style

Posted by Jody on August 16, 2012

You know how hand soap can get a little squidgy when it sits in the the soap dish?  Here are a few ways to keep that bar of soap high and dry with seaside style.  Just place a handful of tumbled beach treasures between the soap and the dish to keep your bar from sitting in sudsy water. It’s the perfect everyday use for little one-of-a-kind finds! Not only that, these beach themed soap dishes add an extra fun touch of color to the bathroom or kitchen sink.

We found these wave polished pottery pieces at Pebbly Beach on beautiful Catalina Island, California.

Sea tumbled pottery

These smooth seashells fragments are just the right size  and color for the soap-dish-sized Giant Rock Scallop shell we found on the beach in Bolinas, California.

Smoothly polished bits of seashells in a Giant Rock Scallop

Giant Rock Scallop (Crassedoma giganteum)

Sea glass adds a colorful splash to any room.

Sea glass for your soap dish

For obvious reasons, your absolute smoothest beach treasures are the best ones for propping up your soap bar.  They’re also easier to rinse clean.

Beach treasures and clean hands never go out of style.  Also (and I really can’t help myself, here) beach treasure soap dishes are just good clean fun!

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Beachcombing for Little Pieces of the Past

Posted by Jody on July 19, 2012

Catalina Island, one of our favorite haunts, offers up some really fun and colorful one-of-a-kind beach treasures!

View of Avalon Harbor from The Inn on Mt. Ada, Catalina Island

We begin with a short history lesson: From 1927 to 1937, Santa Catalina Island (located 22 miles off the coast of Southern California) produced richly colored pottery and decorative tile.  In the beginning, Catalina Clay Products manufactured only building materials such as bricks and roofing tiles from reddish-brown clay deposits found on the island in the 1920’s. In 1932 white clay was imported to increase the durability of an expanding product line.  Today, artistic, stylish decorative pieces and colorful dinnerware made after 1932 can be identified by their white clay bodies.  Known as Avalonware (aka: Catalinaware), intact pieces are collected by enthusiasts for the history and uniqueness of this colorful Catalina Island art form.

Pebbly Beach, Catalina Island, California

Now to the beachcombing: It’s always fun to comb Catalina’s aptly named Pebbly Beach. You can still find little bits and pieces of that decade of Catalina Island’s rich history on its shores, just around the bend from the shopping district of the little town of Avalon. Decorated tile pieces, wave tumbled pottery, sea glass and Wavy Turban seashells are all easily discovered on the pebbles and rocks of this section of Catalina Island’s picturesque coastline.

Tile and pottery found on Santa Catalina Island, California

Keep your eyes open as you walk along Avalon’s Crescent Avenue and/or head to the delightful Catalina Island Museum, located on the ground floor of the Casino Building, to see many, many more examples of the famous Catalina Tile.

Crescent Avenue, Avalon, Catalina Island

If you would like to read more, has a wonderful article on the history of Catalina Tile and Pottery.

You might also enjoy these other posts ~

Catalina Island: Wavy Turbans, Tile & Lots of Fun!

Wavy Turban: The Seashell, Not the Fashion Statement

Happy beachcombing!


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