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Collecting from nature

The miniature Natural History Museum

"For as long as I can remember, my mother has taken me hunting for treasures washed up in the silt of old middens. One year she found handmade roman tiles and terracotta pottery rims and I loved to run my fingers over the rough surface and feel the ancient indents of the maker’s fingers. These were precious remnants of worlds, cultures and their respective inhabitants which had long since passed and were the first conscious experience I had with the properties of clay."

-Interview with Hege In France

Leaf Fossil

 

We split open a sedimentary rock last year and found this beautifully preserved leaf fossil inside. It dates from the Carboniferous era, around 359.2 - 299 million years ago.

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Eroded Pebble

Found on a remote Scottish beach, this sandstone pebble has been bored into over the years by the Pholadidae molusk, which carefully works its way into the soft stone. It's a slow process that results in gentle rolling mounds aided by erosion from the sea and is the perfect place for a small flower arrangement. 

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Fossilised Spirifer

This little fossilised Spirifer was found at a Scottish Quarry and is approximately 359.2 to 299 million years old. It's beautiful to turn slowly in your palm whilst watching the birds in the garden.

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Medieval Roof Tile

It is incredible to hold something so tangible to another world especially when you can feel the grooves of the craftsman’s fingers impressed into the rough clay. Found by my mother on the banks of the Thames, we believe that this roof tile was discarded after the Fire of London in 1666. A nail or peg would have held the tile onto the joists through the hole in the clay, which appears to have been formed quickly by waggling a cylindrical tool around. .

Red Deer Antler

This Red Deer Antler was found whilst wild camping in a moss-covered forest in the Scottish wilderness. Every year, male deer shed their antlers after the mating season when their testosterone decreases for the winter months and every tine represents a year of his life. Normally pale brown, this antler has been burnished into a chocolate colour by the pine sap which surrounded his habitat. 

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Roman Pottery Sherd

 

This sherd of Roman pottery was found whilst swimming at dusk in a Sicilian lake. In the moonlight, a light grey man-made shape could be seen poking through the siltbed.

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