FACE JUGS AND JUGHEADS
AN AMERICAN CERAMIC TRADITION

"Face jugs" were first made in the early 1800's by slave potters and others in the Edgefield district of South Carolina. They "turned" jugs and cups on the potter's wheel, and then modeled them into grotesque faces. Bits of porcelain or white rocks were used as eyes and teeth; and they usually had a pulled handle or two. Nothing is known of the purpose of these original face jugs. Only a few of them have been found, often in old cemeteries in the South.

Since the 19th century, "face jugs" have been a sideline of many traditional American potters of the Southeastern United States. Clayton Bailey also carries on the tradition when he makes these face jugs he calls "Jugheads", "Skinheads", "Devil Jugs" and "Two Face Jugs". He claims that having them around the studio makes him feel loved and admired by his jughead "fans". Bailey's jugheads all share one unique and original hidden feature; they all leak from their runny noses.

BUT THEY ALL HAVE RUNNY NOSES!

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Jugheads-1987-1995

Stoneware with porcelain eyes and teeth


    Face Jug With Cinder In Its Eye - 1993

    Stoneware with porcelain eyes and teeth.

    9" ht.


    Surprised And Angry Face Jug -1993

    Stoneware with porcelain eyes and teeth.

    9" ht


Devil Jug - 1993

Stoneware with low-fire red glaze, porcelain eyes. 9" ht.

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TWO FACE JUG

"Two Face Jug"- 1990

Stoneware with Tobacco Spit glaze

porcelain eyes and teeth

11" ht.