Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Fifth Grade Face Jugs

Always a crowd favorite, face jugs explore the folk art tradition of creating small vessels that were both functional and decorative. Although the origin of face or "ugly" jugs is a mystery, some believe that the tradition came from the African slaves brought to the south to work on plantations. The images may have held religious or spiritual meaning.

The rich history of folk art pottery is perpetuated by the nationally-known Meaderfamily of northeast Georgia. The Meaders created face jugs and other decorative pieces to sale to tourist and save their business when food-related pottery such as churns and storage jars were no longer in demand. The use of broken plate pieces for teeth was inspired by Meaders face jugs that we studied.

Others believe that the scary faces were used to keep children away from poisons used around the home and farm.

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