Face jugs, or sometimes referred to as “ugly jugs,” were produced in the early to mid-1800s in NC, SC, and GA. First made by African American potters and the design was influenced by gravemarkers meant to scare away the evil spirits. They became popular in the mid-1800s for whiskey jugs as It was thought that the frightening face would keep the children from drinking the contents. I started marking them a few years ago for a show, and they have morphed into mini's, cups, and planters.
Creative Craft Council 2021: Face Jug Cups: Responses to the Pandemic-Anger and Tears
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