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Tiffany Snowden / In Tides Gone By

Mixed media (mainly glass, ceramic, and resin)

Low Laithe (near Summerbridge)

About

As a professional archaeologist, I have always loved old things. Since childhood, my eyes have been glued to the ground looking for ‘treasures’ to pick up including everything from nice-looking stones to beautifully coloured sea glass, shells, broken pottery sherds, etc. Formerly a Londoner, the Thames foreshore was an excellent place to ‘hunt’ and I quickly amassed a sizeable collection.

Now residing in Nidderdale, even when I’m not on the job, I still can’t help looking for an errant piece of pot in compost or interesting shells by the Yorkshire coast. Even the pieces I acquire through work have been ‘rescued’, as they would otherwise be binned. Eventually, my collection grew so large, I wanted to do something with these fascinating pieces of history. Each individual artefact has survived too long and their story is just too good to end in a box in my attic.

So, as part of handcrafted pictures all from my collection, their story can live on as ‘archaeology in art’ – an ancient form of upcycling, as it were. From Roman and medieval pottery to post-medieval clay pipes and animal bone, my work brings a piece of the past into the present – keeping it alive for many more generations to come.

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Tiffany Snowden / In Tides Gone By

Mixed media (mainly glass, ceramic, and resin)

Low Laithe (near Summerbridge)

About

As a professional archaeologist, I have always loved old things. Since childhood, my eyes have been glued to the ground looking for ‘treasures’ to pick up including everything from nice-looking stones to beautifully coloured sea glass, shells, broken pottery sherds, etc. Formerly a Londoner, the Thames foreshore was an excellent place to ‘hunt’ and I quickly amassed a sizeable collection.

Now residing in Nidderdale, even when I’m not on the job, I still can’t help looking for an errant piece of pot in compost or interesting shells by the Yorkshire coast. Even the pieces I acquire through work have been ‘rescued’, as they would otherwise be binned. Eventually, my collection grew so large, I wanted to do something with these fascinating pieces of history. Each individual artefact has survived too long and their story is just too good to end in a box in my attic.

So, as part of handcrafted pictures all from my collection, their story can live on as ‘archaeology in art’ – an ancient form of upcycling, as it were. From Roman and medieval pottery to post-medieval clay pipes and animal bone, my work brings a piece of the past into the present – keeping it alive for many more generations to come.

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My work

About my work

Since my materials come from the outdoors, I like to try and draw from nature for inspiration. I started with birds and bird houses, incorporating movement and flight into my designs. Over the last year, I’ve also become fond of making mosaic-style pictures, taking small pieces which on their own, mean nothing – but put together, can create something beautiful and altogether new. Living in Nidderdale provides endless inspiration for my animal-themed pictures, as do my own pets – two dogs, a cat, and fifteen pet snakes!

I also enjoy taking commissions from customers to make unique gifts, such as my picture with a dog riding a bicycle, which was recently commissioned as a Father’s Day gift. Making a bike out of archaeology was always going to be challenging but soon, the pieces started coming together. I used a combination of clay pipe stems, sea glass, seashells, and a perfectly shaped pottery sherd for the seat to create a one-of-a-kind piece.

When I first started creating art last summer, I had no idea how rewarding combining my professional life with my passion could be. Collecting more artefacts and creating new pictures is a form of therapy for me and nothing beats that feeling when it all comes together perfectly.

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