Art Fairs and Craft Shows

2018 Art Fairs are listed below

September 14,15,16 - Wo-Zah-Wa Days Art Fair, Wisconsin Dells Wisconsin (Bowman Park) Hours: Fri 12 - 5, Sat 9 - 5, Sun 9 - 3:30

October 4 - Apple Butter Festival, Grand Rapids Ohio

November 3 - Cambridge Library Art & Craft Fair, Cambridge, Wisconsin (403 Blue Jay Way) Hours: Sat 9-3

November 10 - Christmas in the Country Craft and Art Show, Deerfield Wisconsin 

Creating wheel thrown and altered - slab rolled pottery

Face Jugs - Planters - Pots - Vases   

How I started...

My love of face jugs started with the Toby jug, collecting every jug I could get my hands on until the cupboards were full. That desire graduated me to a ceramics class where my eldest son taught an Adult learning group at the local high school in the evenings, and I being the supportive mother signed up for all of them. The fun that I had while in his Adult learning group inspired me to create my own face jugs.

My first jugs were primitive, chunky tornado ware that would never blow out of a windowsill during a major storm. But the more I practiced, the more my pottery improved. Quickly I found myself shaping my pottery into the wacky, the confused, and the wondering. And then tried jugs all covered in the sea, or crawling with fuzzy critters. Over joyed, I had found my creative outlet! 

I now dabble in the making of face jugs in my retirement. I enjoy the textures I achieve in clay and smile as I see how the glaze flowed over the patterns and divots in a soothing manner when fired. And I love when their surprised expressions are looking up at me as I open the kiln. It is so rewarding.  My next step is art fairs, and Etsy, finding a successful outlet that will let you enjoy the finished product as much as I had making them.

There are so many fantastic face jug makers, from the traditional to the realistic, the primitive to the modern.  And if you start searching I am sure you will find the face jug that calls to you!

A sneak peak at Art fair inventory

Tiny Face Jug Collection

 Toad House

Bird House

Colored Clay


Face Mugs

Catch me on ETSY - wbpottery

This fall I dabbled in making 3 Gingerbread Houses and fell in love designing them! These 3 have all gone to happy homes for the holidays. Recently I went crazy on Ebay for cookie cutters and I will be making more in the studio while the snow keeps me inside during the cold months. Look for these at my fall/winter shows.

A little history of Face Jugs

Pottery with “faces” can be traced back to Egyptian and Mesopotamian times and follows many cultures throughout history. During the 13th century potters outside the London area became more decorative, creating anthropomorphic vessels, characterizing Medieval face jugs. In the 1600’s full body vessels modeled after Edward Vernon, became known as British Toby Jars.

African Nkisi dolls were made with many different materials including clay and were transported through the slave trade and found commonly in Latin American regions. These vessels were full figured pieces with exaggerated human features similar to the African-American face jugs.

Multiple stories and theories vary about the first pottery face jug made on US soil, but most follow the history of Dave the Potter from Edgefield Pottery, Pottersville, South Carolina in the 1800’s. A village of about 150 people, most of them slaves produced lead-free pottery and face jugs until the beginning of the civil war in 1861, and then Pottersville was abandoned.

As alkaline glazed pottery was continued to be produced in the south, in 1820 the practice of making face jugs spread throughout South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina and their surrounding states. In 1830, about seventy folk potters operated pottery shops within a four mile area of Mossy Creek, Georgia. Well-known early potter’s names like, Meaders, Craven, Davidson, Pitchford, Brownlow, Warwick, Chandler and Anderson.

Theories suggest that the early 1800 face jugs were used as grave markers by slaves, and by making the jug “ugly” enough it would ward off the evil spirits. But as the face jug evolved, by the 1920’s they were made to conceal a different kind of “spirit” and became a great place to store alcohol. The uglier the jug, the more frightening for children and parents had no trouble keeping their youngsters away from the jugs.

This collaboration of Face Jug history can also be found on the web sites of Chattanooga State University, Kuehn Pottery, and Wikipedia. (Pictured, Amorite Jug, 2200 BC - Carr, Karen E., AMORITES, Kidipede, March 10, 2015, web. March 11, 2015)

Face Jugs For Sale ~ Look for more styles at wbpottery Etsy

Blue Skull - On Etsy

Pucker Jug ~ Green White Owl

Fresh out of the kiln.

Key Owl

Merlot Beetle Head face Jug 

Winky Owl

Vases - Jars - Pots/Planters

Daisy Eye Owl Vase 

Og Brothers ~ Bog Og