Face Jugs

Face Jug Folk Art Pottery

Of the many crafts indigenous to the mountains of north Georgia and Western North Carolina , the most interesting is the face jug. No one is 100% certain of how it originated, but two stories in particular seem to capture some of the mystique surrounding these oddly humorous creations. The first is that folks of Appalachia keep their moonshine in jugs designed with scary faces to keep kids from sampling the jugs contents. The second story has to do with devil jugs, or scary faces jugs with devil horns. The story is that these devil jugs originated in slave communities and when someone died, a devil jug was made and placed on the grave for one year. (Story continues below listings)

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FOLK ART POTTERY FACE JUG
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GA SOUTHERN OUTSIDER UGLY FACE JUG FOLK ART TOBACCO SPIT TERRY HOSEY PRIMITIVE
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Signed 1988 DB Garner Face Jug Seagrove NC Big Eyes Nose Wart Teeth w Fillings
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GA SOUTHERN OUTSIDER CIGAR FACE JUG FOLK ART TOBACCO SPIT T HOSEY PRIMITIVE
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Joe Reinhardt Catawba Valley Pottery FACE JUG Wood Fired
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Awesome Double Snake Jug Face Jug Folk Pottery
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Beautiful Green Face Jug Folk Pottery
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Georgia FACE JUG Harold Hewell Grace Nell Hewell 2 15 99 Candle holder
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PRIMITIVE OLD POTTERY MIXING BOWL BLUE SIGNED JERRY BROWN AL Face Jug Artist
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Marvin Bailey One of a Kind Creepy Face Jug Signed
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Ga Face Jug Southern Pottery Ceramic Terry Hosey Outsider Folk Art Bottle Vase
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GA SOUTHERN FACE JUG FOLK ART OUTSIDER CERAMIC PRIMITIVE CIGAR TERRY HOSEY VASE
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North Carolina Folk Pottery Face Jug North Cole Pottery
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Catawba Valley Gary Mitchell FOUR Color Banded Swirl Devil Wig Stand Face Jug
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Marvin Bailey Face Jug Southern Folk Pottery South Carolina
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If the jug broke sometime during the year, it meant that the deceased was wrestling with the devil. Generations of families in North Georgia and Western North Carolina farmed and threw pots for their livelihood. Today, contemporary potters such as William Flowers, have resurrected the interest in face jugs and some of the face jugs of the older generation of potters, (such as Craig, Meaders and Brown all now deceased), who at one time could hardly get 25 cents for their jugs are now selling for up to five figures. A face jug is a thrown potter jug made from earthware, stoneware or porcelain with the addition of pieces of formed clay to give the jug the appearance of a face. The face can be very primitive or very sculpture like in appearance. Most jugs are based on traditional utilitarian jug shapes which go back many hundreds of years. You will see face jugs also referred to as “ugly jugs” or “grotesques jugs” for obvious reasons.