Face Jug

  • Burlon Craig, Face Jug, after 1974, glazed stoneware with porcelain, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase, 1997.124.150

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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)

Face Jug
after 1974
On View
18 5/8 x 12 3/8 x 13 in. (47.3 x 31.4 x 33.0 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase

Mediums Description
glazed stoneware with porcelain
  • Figure – fragment – face
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