Claire Reid


I’m a primary school teacher and I love art, nature and being outdoors. When I am not in school, you can find me exploring Cornwall’s beautiful coastline with my family. On our beach trips, we never fail to bring home buckets of ‘treasure’- shells, mermaids’ tears (sea glass) and of course driftwood.

Driftwood is an amazing material, created by the sea, the salt, the sand and the wind. I’ve always collected driftwood and enjoy using it in art and craft projects.

The idea for the ceramic seagulls originated from an art project in school. I find sculpting a good way to unwind after a busy day in the classroom!

Everyone has an anecdote regarding pasties, chips and seagulls!

Love them or hate them, they are a feature of coastal life. The ceramic and the driftwood are a perfect marriage and each piece is carefully hand made and therefore unique.

I am very fortunate to live close to and be inspired by the sea. I hope my paintings and artwork evoke memories of time spent in Cornwall. I sell at craft fairs, art exhibitions and in local shops. I also undertake commissions. My work can be found on my Made in Newquay Facebook page.

I feel privileged and proud to be able to create this churn for Cornwall Hospice Care. It is a charity with special significance for me and my family. My mum became terminally ill in 2020 and found sanctuary at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice, a special place with the most wonderful, caring staff.

I hope these silly squawkers and cheeky chaps bring a smile to your face. Remember ‘Gulls Just Wanna Have Fun!’


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