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Launch Of George Wyllie Inspired Collaboration By Inverclyde Creatives


The Pirate and Bluebelle, the much-loved purveyors of art, gifts and cards for its shop in Gourock, are celebrating the launch of its newest George Wyllie inspired product. 

The 'Little Glass Boat’ is carefully handcrafted by Elizabeth of ELK Glass, using beautiful iridescent glass in dark blue hues and is inspired by the traffic in our River Clyde.

The idea was born following Elizabeth's involvement with the 'This Little Boat' exhibition that The Pirate and Bluebelle facilitated at the Heritage and Arts Centre in Gourock last year to celebrate the George Wylie garden opening.

The plinths that they sit on were hand-made by Riverside Inverclyde tenant, Golden Oak Restoration, and created by their skilled craftsmen from solid oak repurposed from Loch Lomond whisky barrels.

Talking of the collaboration, Heather, co-founder of The Pirate and Bluebell said:

"We had worked with Elizabeth previously when she created a piece for inclusion in the exhibition. It gained so much attention that she decided to create something that could be available for sale.

"We work closely with all of our artists, and she was discussing how these could be displayed, and we suggested working with Rory MacDonald and his team at Golden Oak Restoration as we currently sell some of their homeware.

We had worked with Rory previously as he had created some bespoke pencil cases for the Banter Pencil range and as a result of their two creative minds working together, they have made a lovely product.

"The pieces are limited, and we have had a lot of interest in them both through our Facebook post introducing them and also from visitors to the shop and on our website."

Each piece is individual and unique and is exclusively sold by the Pirate and Bluebelle, with only a limited number available to buy.  

For more information on the product, click here.

For more details on Golden Oak Restoration, click here.

For more details on ELK Glass, click here.

Published: 12 March 2019