8th Annual Face Jug Show
April 2 – 22, 2020
On line preview: March 31, 2020
Artwalk Friday Reception April 3: 5 – 8 pm
Every April, American Folk Art honors a wild pottery tradition that began regionally in the early 1800’s. No one knows for sure when the first face jug was created, but around the mountain region of North Carolina, face jugs began to be created for the storage of moonshine around 1810. The faces, snakes and other foreboding additions were added to the clay jugs to scare the children, so they would not drink the contents. In the unadorned world of the 1800’s, the face jug was remarkable and the tradition allowed for much creativity and fun amongst potters. Face jugs continue to be created in the same fashion as of old, which includes hand digging and mixing regional soils to make the clay, using regional materials to make the glazes, in many cases using broken plates for the teeth, and wood-firing the jugs to 2300 degrees. They are still in use, holding moonshine, but not necessarily scaring the kids.
The regional potters who will be represented in the 2020 Face Jug Show use the face jug as a means of expressing their massive imagination and skills, creating wilder and more creative pieces for this yearly show and sale.
Potters included in The 8th Annual Face Jug Show will be:
Mike Ball, Michael Gates, Walter Fleming, Stacy Lambert, Steve Abee, Ben J North,& Kim Ellington all of North Carolina
Carl Block, Texas
Wayne Hewell, Georgia
Marvin Bailey, South Carolina