Vying with the Firecrest for the title of Britain’s smallest bird, the charming little Goldcrest is less brightly coloured than its tiny rival, but the delicate and subtle shading of its plumage, together with the yellow stripe on its head that gives the bird its name, make it one of our most popular species. The Goldcrest is more common and widespread in the UK than the Firecrest, but both share the same diet of insects, and their thin beaks are perfectly shaped for picking them out from the branches of bushes and trees.
With a diameter of just 110mm (4½ inches), the coaster is first cast in fine bone china, then after its first firing in the kiln a thin layer of glaze is applied and the piece is fired again before it is passed to the artist. Working with a palette of special ceramic colours and a set of fine brushes, the artist creates the image of the Goldcrest and the gorse bush in which it is perched entirely by hand. To achieve the detail and the depth of colour in the plumage requires several applications of colour, and the coaster must be fired in the kiln at each stage, before the finishing touch is applied in the form of a band of 22 carat gold around the rim. It’s also possible to add a personalised inscription to the base of the coaster, making it a truly exclusive gift; one which is available only from our website.