Face jugs originated in the south during the 1800s. It is thought that they originally were made by African American potters as grave markers to scare away bad spirits. They became popular as whisky jugs in the mid-1800s with the idea the 'ugly' face would keep children from sampling the contents. This miniture version (2x2x2) stoneware jug can scare away pandamic fears or serve as a vase. It is wood fired, with both melted ash from the firing and flashing marks from the flame. All of the mini face jugs are named by my daughter. Basil was next to the firebox during the firing and so his nose and eyebrows show the impact of the flame and ash. He is made with a North Carolina clay caled Darkstar.