Life on the top shelf can be lonely for seldom used porcelain. The short vase on the left does join us once in a while when we have cut flowers from the summer garden. Our poor teapot's role has been usurped by the microwave. I know that it is just not the same, but then, I've never had much of a taste for tea.
Pottery has the last laugh, however. Throw it in a whole in the ground or sink it in the ocean and it will persevere for eons; unchanging and ready to hold the ephemera which we cherish so dearly.