After studying History of Art at The University of Bristol, Ted Sandling moved to London and became a garden designer and landscape historian. In 2008 he returned to the fine arts when he joined Christie's. He now works at Christie's Education. He first went mudlarking in 2004 and was instantly hooked.
'[a] beautiful book...the words Sandling unearths are as delightful
as the objects he describes.' - Daily Mail'Exhilaratingly
curious and entertainingly knowledgeable, Sandling is especially
good at following the fractals of his eclectic finds...each object
beautifully photographed... He is a fine observer, too, of the
potent flawed beauty of his hoard of rescued treasure... With
handsome photography, an introduction by Iain Sinclair and a
chapter of excellent practical advice for would-be mudlarkers, this
book is an indispensable vade-mecum for anyone who has ever
been tempted to explore the secrets that lie hidden in plain sight
on the shores of London's great river.' - Jane Shilling,
Evening Standard'hypnotic -- yet infectiously jolly... [Ted
Sandling] has a sharp eye and aesthetic appreciation for the
fragments of objects that now surface in the gravel and mud. The
detailed photos of his finds are gripping... Among the billionaire
property speculation apartment blocks, this is the opposite of
uncanny: the sense of continuity instead makes you a little
tearful.' - Sinclair McKay, Spectator'Beautifully
illustrated' - Monocle'I found a distinct frisson running
through me as I read this book... [Mudlarking] is free to anyone,
although many readers, I suspect, will be happy that Ted Sandling
has done it for them... Each [find] has been indefatigably
researched... The surviving words on a tiny, 19th-century type
block found at Vauxhall read like poetry: "GOLD Handsome... graved,
and... Pearls and fine... lustrous Gems." They could stand as a
motto to the book. To the mudlark, every Waldorf Hotel teacup or
lead-glazed pipkin handle is a jewel.' - Clive Aslet, Country
Life "Sandling's aim is to increase inquisitiveness, and he
undoubtedly achieves this."
"Sandling tells us not only what the pieces are but also how they feel in the hand. He notes the smallest details."
"...as Sandling writes, 'modernity doesn't exist on the foreshore'. The river is 'no respecter of chronology', and Sandling mimics its eddying rhythm, arranging his finds by theme rather than age."
"...the significance of these fragments lies in the stories they tell us about the everyday lives of the people to whom there are no monuments or blue plaques." - Sabhbh Curran, Times Literary Supplement"the book is packed with plenty of shard photographs covering a range of styles, decorative techniques and vessel function"
"if...you like to dip in and out of our capital's heritage [this book] is a wonderful companion" - Karen Tooth, London Potters News