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Devil Face Jug

2008 Albert Hodge Born: 1941 glazed stoneware 15 5/8 × 11 × 9 3/4 in. (39.7 × 27.9 × 24.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Folk Art Society of America in memory of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. 2009.5 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 28B

Luce Center Quote

"I tried to make them [my face jugs] as cranky as I could." The artist, quoted in Ragan Robinson, "Feats of Clay: N.C. Man's Pottery Jugs are Much in Demand," Winston-Salem (NC) Journal, November 15, 2008

Luce Center Label

Albert Hodge calls his devil face jugs "booger" men, since they are figments of his imagination and not representations of Satan. A self-taught potter, he also creates his own glazes, combining materials such as gold with wood ashes or lime to form an alkaline coating. Hodge claims to be the first potter to wrap his face jugs with scaly serpent images, a design choice he himself calls "crazy."


Religion - Satan


folk art

ceramic - stoneware

About Albert Hodge

Born: 1941

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