If you love heavy old restaurant ware as I do, then this pendant will speak to you! I took a pottery shard scavenged from a beach in the British Isles and shaped it to fit this mahogany hand-crafted frame. Then I added a copper-plated ball chain, 24 inches long. This length will easily fit either a man or woman.
The shard has incredible tactile appeal. The old sailing ship has no clear glaze left and is extremely smooth to the touch. You can see that what was probably a white or off-white clay body has yellowed with age and exposure to the sea and sand, and there is fine crazing that really adds to the appropriately aged patina.
The frame is approximately 1 1/4 inches round.
NOTE: If you’d like the length adjusted, by all means send me a message when you check out.
ABOUT THIS JEWELRY: Confession: I love pottery. Anything made of clay.
My husband and I have been collecting heavy restaurant china for half a lifetime, and during that time we’ve also accumulated our fair share of chipped, crazed and cracked pieces that we couldn’t let go of. In the last seven years we’ve taken numerous trips to West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio in search of forgotten potteries, always finding shards at those sites.
And we’ve also nosed around in the Jugtown and Seagroves area of North Carolina, coming home with shards from both closed and active potteries.
And there have been so many shards of pottery from the English Isles, washed up on those beaches, that have found their way across the ocean, too.
And it is from these bits and pieces that I’ve started carving out both cabochons for my bead embroidery as well as unisex pendants. Each one is its own little time traveler, evoking for me the era of railroad journeys, fine hotels, afternoon tea and the companies that manufactured such fine quality ware.
For anyone else who loves restaurant ware, here’s a link to our latest trip with photos of some of the shards we found that might end up one day as jewelry: http://carrchinacompany.com/dig6.html