No-one who visits any part of the Cornish coast can help noticing the things that have inspired artists and writers for centuries: the ever changing colour and quality of the light, the interplay of sky and water, the sheer power and magic of nature on display. And, of course, if they do stop to think about the connection between these stunning vistas and artists, and the art they produce, they are most likely to think of seascapes and landscapes and even skyscapes.
But the sea in Cornwall is about much more than what you can look at, exceptional as that is. It is woven into Cornish life and Cornish history in a fundamentally physical way. From fishing to maritime trading and from smuggling to gathering seaweed and flotsam from the sands, the sea here is about what you can touch, what you bring from the water or what the water brings to you. So it is hardly surprising that it gives birth not just to art on paper or canvass, but to three dimensional, physical art, to things that are meant to be touched as well as seen, even things that are meant to be used and not just admired.