About The Shoal
The Shoal finds and imports beautiful handmade marine art from Sicily, unique ceramic fish and other creatures and paintings, selling direct to the public and into wholesale, leisure, hospitality and marine sectors.
Based near the sea in Lyme Regis, Dorset, England, The Shoal works directly with the artists themselves in Sicily.
At The Shoal, founders and proprietors Pete and Diane have partnered with them to launch their range of ceramic fish and sea creatures to markets in the UK.
Inspired by trying, and failing, to find in the UK a replacement for a smashed Sicilian pottery bowl, Pete contacted his son, Fraser, who works on a superyacht and happened to be in Siracusa, Sicily. Instead of finding an authentic replacement bowl Fraser found the ceramic fish that we have been buying as customers for our home for the last 15 years and after many conversations the plan was hatched for The Shoal to bring this unique marine art to the UK.
The first stocking order arrived in the UK from Sicily at the end of 2020. Not only selling online, but also direct in person and through trusted traders and partners, The Shoal is a start-up that aims to be different. Our growing base of retailers are key to scaling up, but not too far as our pieces are unique and therefore limited in supply.
Starting and surviving in the worst economic environment in decades makes us determined to continue to grow beyond our first year and enter new markets with new unique pieces.