April 3 – 19th, 2018
Show opens online: Tuesday April 3 at 11 am : www.amerifolk.com
Opens in the Gallery: Thursday, April 5th continues through Thursday, April 19th
Opening Reception: Friday, April 6th : 5-8 pm
The Annual Face Jug Show at American Folk Art returns for its 6th year, April 3th through April 19th, 2018. An opening reception will be held on Friday, April 6th from 5 - 8 pm, kicking off the Downtown Asheville First Friday Gallery Walks of 2018.
American Folk’s Face Jug show presents an opportunity to experience nuances of our region’s pottery traditions and quirks. When markets began to form in the region, merchants typically priced their goods by the gallon, so potters made jugs in 1, 3 or 5 gallons sizes; then both merchant and customer knew how much they were getting and how much they would pay. The scary faces were added to the jugs that folks would take to the moonshiners, the scary faces, snakes, devils and other grotesque features were intended to keep children out of the moonshine. Nowadays, face jugs don’t seem to scare children like they did in the past, but potters are pushing creative boundaries within the context of these rich regional traditions, keeping us interested.
North Carolina soil makes remarkable clay. Potters still dig & mix their own, firing in large wood burning kilns, and using wood ash and other traditional glazes.
American Folk Art & Framing’s 6th Annual Face Jug Show features renowned potters, such as, Wayne Hewell of Georgia; Stacy Lambert, Walter Fleming, Michael Gates, Michel Bayne, Mike Ball & Steve Abee from North Carolina’s Catawba Valley; Marvin Bailey from South Carolina and The Browns Pottery of Western North Carolina, there are always a few surprise potters included to add to the excitement.
The show will begin on line at 11 am on Tuesday, April 4th at www.amerifolk.com. In the gallery at 64 Biltmore Ave, Downtown on Thursday, April 5th. Opening reception Friday, April 6th: 5-8 pm.