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Face Jug

ca. 1972 Quillan Lanier Meaders Born: Mossy Creek, Georgia 1917 Died: Mossy Creek, Georgia 1998 glazed stoneware and stones 9 1/4 x 8 1/2 x 8 1/8 in. (23.5 x 21.6 x 20.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.28 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Luce Center Quote

"Well, pottery like this, the way it's done, old way, it's not a thing in the world but just man-killing work from start to finish." Quillan Lanier Meaders, 1967, The Meaders Family, North Georgia Potters, Smithsonian Folklife Studies

Luce Center Label

The Meaders family pottery has made face jugs since it opened in 1893, using locally dug clays, foot-powered wheels, and homemade glazes. Quillan Lanier Meaders never understood the huge popularity of his face jugs, saying that the people who bought them must be "just crazy to start with" (The News and Observer, North Carolina, 1993). This piece is a devil jug, with pointed ears, slanting eyes, and small horns.

Keywords

Figure - head

decorative arts - ceramic

folk art

ceramic - stoneware

stone

About Quillan Lanier Meaders

Born: Mossy Creek, Georgia 1917 Died: Mossy Creek, Georgia 1998

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