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Jug with Rattlesnake

1994 Michael Crocker Born: Lula, Georgia 1956 Melvin Crocker Born: Lula, Georgia 1959 fired and glazed clay 12 5/8 x 9 3/4 x 10 5/8 in. (32.1 x 24.8 x 27.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase 1997.124.152 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 28B


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Working with his brother Melvin, Michael Crocker created face jugs, grape pitchers, and snake jugs from local clay and handmade glazes. They started with traditional forms and in Michaels words "pushed them to the limit." (Chuck and Jan Rosenak, Contemporary American Folk Art: A Collector's Guide, 1996) In this piece the snake becomes much more than just decoration. Michael threw the hollow form, and Melvin then modeled the rattlesnake and coiled it around the pot. The brothers worked together until 1999, when Melvin left to set up his own shop.

Keywords

Animal - reptile - snake

decorative arts - ceramic

folk art

clay

About Michael Crocker

Born: Lula, Georgia 1956

About Melvin Crocker

Born: Lula, Georgia 1959

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