Here at Etsy, we believe that the story behind an object is often just as fascinating as the object itself. Short Stories is our series dedicated to telling the tales behind extraordinary pieces found or created by Etsy sellers.
Gary collects fragments of pottery from the banks of the river Thames for his shop, British Pottery Shards. Here’s his meditation on the stories that surface with each little piece.
When I see a shard of pottery, I often think to myself, “Who ate off that?” Before I know it, I am transported to a wealthy Victorian family’s dining room, sharing dinner with them on the plate that I just found on the river foreshore. Another shard, and I am whisked away to the table of a Roman family living alongside the river, missing home.
I used to think I was slightly mad to think like this, but the pieces of pottery I find are so wonderfully colorful and vivacious, rich with a social history that sparks the imagination. What magpie could resist losing himself in the romance of it all?
After pondering the ins and out of Victorian family dynamics, I take my leave (the tide is coming in), pull my stuck wellies out of the mud, and wander over to have a closer look at a beautiful piece of a medieval beer jug. Maybe I will have more fun in a medieval tavern then the last house I visited …
Ain’t got much time though, as time and tide waits for…not this man.
All photos by British Pottery Shards.
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