I’m often asked where I get my pebbles and if I’m allowed to take them from the beach.
The pebbles I use are collected by me at a secret cove I have found on the Carmarthenshire coast. When I go picking I usually find a pocket full of a certain type depending on what I’m working on. Today for instance I went looking for sea glass and worn shells.
On whether you can collect pebbles and shells, I have spent time researching it and the opinion on-line is varied. Some say that shells and pebbles are common property, some that they are owned by the local council. Either way, I would never want my action to cause any harm to my local environment. Even though there are hundreds of millions of pebbles at my favourite spot, if everyone were to take a handful that would have an impact.
So, being concious of my surroundings I do everything I can to be as sustainable as possible. Firstly, if I take pebbles that are not suitable, I put them aside and return them to the shore when I next go picking. Secondly, I have bought a bag of pebbles that and use them to replace what I have removed.
All of my work uses handpicked pebbles, I swap them for shop bought ones.