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Face Jug Show
March 31, 2020
An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until April 22, 2020
The eighth annual Face Jug Show is April 2-22. An online preview is March 31. The Artwalk Friday reception is April 3 from 5 to 8pm. Every April, American Folk Art honors a wild pottery tradition that began regionally in the early 1800s. No one knows for sure when the first face jug was created, but around the mountain region of North Carolina, face jugs began to be created for the storage of moonshine around 1810. The faces, snakes and other foreboding additions were added to the clay jugs to scare the children, so they would not drink the contents. In the unadorned world of the 1800s, the face jug was remarkable and the tradition allowed for much creativity and fun amongst potters. Face jugs continue to be created in the same fashion as of old, which includes hand digging and mixing regional soils to make the clay, using regional materials to make the glazes, in many cases using broken plates for the teeth, and wood-firing the jugs to 2300 degrees. They are still in use, holding moonshine, but not necessarily scaring the kids. The regional potters who will be represented in the 2020 Face Jug Show use the face jug as a means of expressing their massive imagination and skills, creating wilder and more creative pieces for this yearly show and sale.