This was a exciting project for me as I had never worked with glass and mirror before. The little shell cottage had been periodically restored over many decades by the Legh family. With the passing of time, some of the designs has been altered/lost and new varieties of seashells introduced.
Luckily, enough structure remained for me to discover and recreate the original design. A large percentage of the original minerals had been saved and were reused. Unfortunately, nearly all the small original shells were too fragile to be reused. The majority of the shells needed were local so it just took a few trips to the seaside near Liverpool to collect what was required and afterwards a bit of time in a teashop to warm up.