In my business, I use china. All of the china I craft with comes from Historic Downtown Charleston, SC. The picture above is but a sample of what I have at my disposal. I would guess its 1% of my total stockpile. Now when I say it comes from Charleston, I mean thats where I find it. More specifically, I dig it out of the ground. I go under houses and in their yards to find my pieces of history.
In the times before curbside pickup, people really only had one option for their household garbage and debris. That option? The Yard. They would have pits where they would dump their trash. A nice word for the area of dumping is called a “Midden.” This is where I find the china. What are some other things I have found in various middens? I have found bottles, buttons, coins, doll parts, animal bones, oyster shells, tools, silverware, and even once a Megalodon tooth! It is amazing what is just under the surface. The other thing that blows my mind is the immense variety of patterned china that surfaces. So many seemingly unique styles.
China is my prize. Almost all of it is 19th Century. I have even found some from the 18th Century: All just in the dirt.
The reason I have all the china out in the first picture is because it is about time to ramp up production again. I go through periods where I need to replenish finished products and now is that time. I will be making necklaces, bracelets, rings, cufflinks, hairpins etc. all over the next week or two. I can’t wait to show you all the completed projects. Thanks for reading!