Saturday, April 14, 2007

So i finally broke down and did


a challenge #114...This is a face jug also called an ugly jug...guess you can see why!:> We call our face jug Dave...hes almost a member of the family always sitting in a place of honor & safety because despite his ugliness hes fairly valuable. He was made by Lanier Meaders back in the 70s. The glaze is called tobacco spit...a strange combination of brown with black. His teeth and eyes are made from a flat white kaolin clay. If he had rock or china teeth which some of them do he would be worth twice as much. We love our Dave anyway and dress him up from time to time..this is Dave ready for the Braves baseball season!

revived the art of face jugs supposedly started by a slave named Dave in Edgefield County South Carolina. Edgefield is about 25 miles from where i live...if this were a real Dave face jug it could be worth more than $100000....BUT our dave is a modern example made in the mountains of north Georgia. Heres a picture of another even uglier one than ours...and I see its gone up in value!! YEAH!

4 comments:

Joanne said...

Hi Maggie, Very interesting piece. I've never heard of face jugs. It was cool to learn about them. Nice colorful drawing too. Thanks.

Jana Bouc said...

Oh my, you weren't kidding, that is ugly (and valuable I see, by the one you linked to). Even the glaze name is ugly but it's neat that your family all really love poor old Dave.

Africantapestry said...

Maggie, this drawing of "ugly" had me burst into laughter....when I read about that tobacco spit,I decided that your 'ugly' takes the prize(no offense!)That is what keeps me believing in the human race, we still have the ability to embrace "ugly"...
Love the touch with the cap..
ronell

phthaloblu said...

Interesting. I had never heard of face jugs before. Now I will be on the look-out. Your's does not look ugly to me, but the pic you posted was butt-ugly! lol! Nice work with the colors and the jug itself.