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Art Workshop: Decorate a Face Jug #1

June 3, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

North Carolina potter Michael Ball will be sharing his skills in a special workshop at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum. In “Decorate a Face Jug,” participants will explore the elements of traditional face jugs. Then, participants will customize a blank jug (formed by Michael) with features such as broken plate teeth and glaring eyes. Jugs will then be fired and glazed back at Michael’s studio, and returned to the museum for participants to take home.

There will be two time slots for this workshop.  1:30 pm – 3:30 pm and 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Register by May 25th!

Register Here  for Session #1: Saturday, June 3rd,1:30 – 3:30 pm

The tradition of face jugs dates back well over a hundred years, when potters began adding snakes and devilish facial features to jugs used to store liquor. These are thought to have served as a deterrent to household children who might otherwise be tempted to sample the jug contents. Earlier face jugs were used as grave markers for African descendants. These were created with frightening features to scare the devil away from a grave. Today, face jugs are a rich part of Southern Appalachian and Piedmont tradition.
*Out of town participants may pay additional shipping to have their finished creation shipped to their home.

About the artist:  Michael Ball lives and works in Asheville, North Carolina, home to rich traditions in the making of pottery. Many potters in the Catawba Valley tradition, including Mike, are still hand digging their clay and wood firing in groundhog kilns, just as potters did in the 19th century. Mike learned his trade both from Kim Ellington and Charlie Lisk who in turn learned directly from local master Burlon Craig, the last potter experienced in the earliest traditions of the region. Mike’s face jugs are expressive, each one unique in its facial features and fanciful flair. Following local tradition, he incorporates beautiful glass drips and uses broken plates for teeth. Mike also creates an assortment of utilitarian ware.

A full refund will be issued if participant cancels one week prior to the event. For cancellations made less than one week prior to the event, BRAHM will issue a refund IF the museum is able to fill the vacated spot. BRAHM reserves the right to cancel the event if minimum registration is not met. In this case, a full refund will be issued.


June 3, 2017
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
159 Chestnut St.
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
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