Jug with Rattlesnake

  • Michael Crocker, Melvin Crocker, Jug with Rattlesnake, 1994, fired and glazed clay, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase, 1997.124.152

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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.

Title
Jug with Rattlesnake
Artists
Date
1994
Location
Dimensions
12 5/8 x 9 3/4 x 10 5/8 in. (32.1 x 24.8 x 27.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
fired and glazed clay
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – reptile – snake
Object Number
1997.124.152
Palette
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