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Face Jug

after 1974 Burlon Craig Born: Hickory, North Carolina 1914 Died: Vale, North Carolina 2002 glazed stoneware with porcelain 18 5/8 x 12 3/8 x 13 in. (47.3 x 31.4 x 33.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase 1997.124.150 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 28B


Luce Center Label

During Prohibition, face jugs were used to store whiskey and were often made with ugly features to scare children away from sneaking a taste. Burlon Craig made the blue glaze on this pot using ground glass, oak ash, clay, and water found near his home in Catawba Valley. After he molded his jugs on a foot-powered wheel and gave them their first firing, Craig would “dip ‘em in a drum of glaze, let some run inside, and give ‘em a roll.” (Chuck and Jan Rosenak, Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia, 1990)

Keywords

Figure - fragment - face

decorative arts - ceramic

folk art

ceramic - porcelain

ceramic - stoneware

About Burlon Craig

Born: Hickory, North Carolina 1914 Died: Vale, North Carolina 2002

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