Tuesday, March 28, 2006

I Fall To Pieces

These are a couple of the more interesting things we have found in our little creek. Mostly we pick out trash that washes down after a big rain but one day I was standing up on a high part of the bank and saw something unusually round in the water. I thought at first it was a large nut off of a bolt but when I got down there I was ecstatic to see it was the top of this old hand thrown jug. As a potter I took it as a very good sign and the fact that it probably held whiskey made it even better!
I love the fact that you can still see and feel the potter's throwing lines on the inside. I wonder how old it is and what the person was like who made it. Judging by how consistant the thickness of the walls are, I think he was probably a pretty good potter. And I guess it was a he; I don't think there were too many women potters awhile back.
This is just a little piece of a teacup in the Blue Willow pattern. That's very popular here in the South. Both pieces had been in the creek so long that all the edges were worn very smooth. Allen keeps hoping that one of us will stumble upon or over a large gold nugget in the creek. I would settle for a big emerald or ruby too.

5 comments:

Gin said...

Neat! I used to find blue willow shards in one of the tobacco patches when it was plowed in the spring. I'm sure it was an old home site at some point, but all evidence of it had long since disappeared.

pablo said...

The Cracker over at Pure Florida has a whole collection of bottles he has found buried or underwater here and there. He made a post about it some months ago. Wayne over at Niches has also made some lovely finds.

edifice rex said...

Hey Gin, I worked on a couple of construction sites that were being built over old homesteads but all evidence of such was long gone also; until that is, we stumbled upon the graves.....

Hey Pablo! I'll have to check those out; sounds cool.

Rurality said...

I haven't found any pottery nearly as cool as that in our creek! I might start a broken glass collection though. :)

edifice rex said...

Yeah,I could do that too!