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Face Jug Show
April 6, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
The annual Face Jug Show at American Folk Art returns for its sixth year, April 3-19. An opening reception will be held on Friday, April 6, from 5-8 pm, kicking off the Downtown Asheville First Friday Gallery Walks of 2018. American Folk’s Face Jug show presents an opportunity to experience nuances of our region’s pottery traditions and quirks. When markets began to form in the region, merchants typically priced their goods by the gallon, so potters made jugs in 1, 3 or 5 gallons sizes. Both merchant and customer knew how much they were getting and how much they would pay. Scary faces were added to the jugs that folks would take to the moonshiners. The scary faces, snakes, devils and other grotesque features were intended to keep children out of the moonshine. Nowadays, face jugs don’t seem to scare children like they did in the past, but potters are pushing creative boundaries within the context of these rich regional traditions, keeping us interested.