Flotsam & Jetsam Beach Shop
The Flotsam & Jetsam wetsuit and beach shop sits right on the beachfront at Polkerris and has all your holiday and beach essentials.
A go-to for summer clothing, O’Neill wetsuits and stand up paddleboards, stocking key brands including Havaianas, Gumbies, Roxy, Quiksilver, O’Neill wetsuits and clothing as well as RED stand up paddleboards.
Plus there's plenty to keep the kids entertained such as bodyboards, buckets, spades, beach balls, frisbees, beach inflatables, beach games along with beach hats and sunglasses, gifts, souvenirs, windbreaks and much more!
Now part of the Flotsam and Jetsam Beach Shop, the Gallery boasts a wide array of Cornish artists. We're proud to stock an inspiring range of local art, inspired by and made here in Cornwall. With a wide range of handcrafted products, there's something to suit everyone's style and taste, from cards and paintings to jewellery and pottery.
Take a unique piece of Cornwall home with you as a memento of your trip to Polkerris! Find out more about our artists below and come in to see their work on display.
Kirsten Becker has lived and worked creatively in Cornwall for most of her life. She has always had an interest in colour, texture, design and fashion and after exploring a range of art forms she has carved a niche in creating and designing her own range of jewellery. Like many local artists, Kirsten takes her inspiration from the rugged coastline and ever-changing sea and shoreline. The natural contrasts, unfolding colours and hues from the surrounding landscape are represented across her designs. In her jewellery, Kirsten uses high-quality glass, resin & acrylic beads. In her necklaces, she juxtaposes contrasting textures and colours. Her bracelets in complementary colours are fun, funky, and easy to wear.
Paul has lived and worked in Cornwall for the last 40 years. Now retired, he has more time to devote to his first love painting. Paul is inspired by the changing moods of sea, sky and shoreline and the emotive feeling seascape paintings can create. He has developed his skills using a range of mixed media to give his seascape pictures a textured and rugged composition. The different colours and tonal changes the various seasons display in Cornwall influence Paul’s contemporary style. He uses a palette of bright sea blues and darker hues in spring and summer and cold indigo blues, warm browns, and dark greys in autumn and winter to capture the ever-changing sea. All of Paul’s art is hand-painted so each piece whether a card, art tile or large picture is unique and original.
Adrian Holmes is a printmaker devoted to Japanese printmaking and sōsaku-hanga. He fell in love with this medium whilst living in Japan and began to study this beautiful craft and its various techniques. He divides his time between his art practise, teaching woodblock printmaking in the southwest and continuing his dedicated study of woodblock printmaking in Japan. Adrian is currently based at Krowji studio in Cornwall.
Jago has been illustrating children’s books since graduating from Falmouth in 2003. He works from my home in North Cornwall with his family. He has produced illustrations for over 60 children’s books and a few magazines, as well as a TV show or two, some logos and album covers. Recently he has also participated in a series of exhibitions and signed prints of his work are now available in galleries around the UK. He works entirely digitally using a combination of a Mac Pro and Photoshop and an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil with Procreate. All his prints are produced using pigment ink and archival paper to ensure excellent lightfastness.
Jane Marks is a highly experienced potter, who makes brightly coloured earthenware pottery. Her work includes vibrant rainbow brooches and necklaces, as well as magnets, jugs, vases, and more, all inspired by coastal life in Cornwall.
Rosie loves living and working in Cornwall and exploring in her spare days. She’s always had a fascination with jewellery, both making it and wearing it. Her time at university found her starting to make jewellery and it has flourished since then. Her work follows two different approaches; one of painted surfaces and one of pressed flowers. She mainly uses handpicked flowers, removing all moisture and preserving the colour. Her painted pieces have surfaces created via hand-applied paint and texture built up slowly. All her pieces have a clear resin applied over the top to add a magnificent shine to each item of jewellery. Pieces are combined with silver chains and earring findings to make truly unique items of jewellery.
A Cornish artist born into a creative family of musicians, artists and surfers, Stuart has used his knowledge of Cornish landscapes and seascapes to create his own unique artwork. Using pastels, oils or mixed media he captures Cornwall’s ever-changing light and atmosphere in dramatic style. After studying art at degree level Stuart returned to Cornwall to immerse himself in his art and the landscape itself. He passes his knowledge and skills onto students and beginners through workshops and En Plein Air sessions.
Julia lives in Porthtowan, on the North Coast of Cornwall, where she has been making things from driftwood since she moved here, inspired by the artist Ron Trengove and his wife Rose who had renovated an Engine house in Porthtowan. She started her business in 2008 and since then her work has appeared in numerous television productions and is enjoyed by celebrities such as Paul O’Grady! Her workshop is perched at the top of her garden, with a sea view, providing endless inspiration.
Local artist Sandie paints in acrylic on canvas, revealing vibrant colours and a true reflection of the beautiful local scenery. Scillonian born and bred, one can see the island influence in her local seascapes, which are truly inspired by a lifelong love of the sea.
Sophie is an artist and writer living in Cornwall, inspired by the coast, countryside, and natural world. She loves visiting gardens and exploring the coastline to find ideas, looking out for interesting and unusual patterns and colours, before converting ideas to a screenprint. Each picture is hand-printed in short runs, making each print unique.
Following the completion of her art and design diploma, Chloe is continuing her studies at Truro College this year. Her illustrated digital art is created from scanned hand-drawn images. Using Photoshop, she cuts pieces of her images and digitally manipulates them to create an abstract effect. Using a range of colours and brush styles, she layers the details of each image.