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.