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12th Annual Face Jug Show

12th Annual Face Jug Show

American Folk Art & Framing

The 12th Annual Face Jug Show
April 10 – May 1, 2024

Show goes Live on our website:
Wednesday April 10th at 11 AM WWW.AMERIFOLK.COM

Opens in the Gallery:
Friday April 12th at 11 AM
64 Biltmore Ave, Downtown Asheville

Evening Reception:
Friday April 12th, 5-8 PM
64 Biltmore Ave, Downtown Asheville

Mark your calendars for the 12th Annual Face Jug Show at American Folk Art & Framing! And join us all month long as we celebrate a storied regional tradition: the wild, weird, and culturally iconic Face Jug!
The face jug began to appear in these parts in the very early 1800s. In those days, self-sufficiency ruled and handmade, locally-crafted clayware was common. Our regional soils contain all the elements needed to make hardy clay and our forests plenty of wood for the fueling of kilns. Over the years, popularity of these face vessels has waxed and waned, but the tradition has managed to survive and even thrive. Today, face jugs are an eagerly sought after & widely collected part of our mountain heritage. Wood-fired kilns remain the popular favorite, but there are some who experiment with gas- or electric-fired kilns, either for convenience, curiosity, or to achieve bright colors.
At the heart of our Annual Face Jug Show are traditional creators like Walter Fleming, who at 86 claims the title of the oldest working potter in the state of North Carolina and still hand-digs his clay off his property in the foothills. Wayne Hewell, a 5th generation potter in the mountains of Georgia, creates expressive jugs complete with corn cob stoppers from his own farm. His family’s pottery, still in operation today, began in 1850 and nearly every member of the Hewell clan has worked there for a time.
But what would a show celebrating the Face Jug be without variety? Texan Carl Block takes the Appalachian face jug in a very different direction and incorporates influences from Mexican folk art and his own free-spirited irreverence. 7th generation North Carolina potter Michael Gates creates both historically informed vessels inspired by his ancestors and wildly colorful ‘tattooed’ face jugs that express more of his personal style. Wisconsin potter Joel Huntley puts his own spin on what have commonly been referred to as ‘ugly jugs’ by creating beautifully-refined and delicately-featured face vessels in softly colorful glazes.
“For us, this is the most wonderful time of the year,” says gallery owner Julia L. Mills. “All month long, we get to share this unique pottery tradition with folks that have never encountered it before, and we get to reconnect with many of our most loyal collectors. Opening day is also just an incredible rush; it’s the only day of the year we open the gallery late, because we already know the phone will be ringing off the hook once the clock strikes noon.”

12 potters will be featured in the 2024 Face Jug show, including:
Wayne Hewell • Mike Ball • Ben J. North • Michael Gates • Tim Whitten • Carl Block • Vicki Miller • Stacy Lambert • Walter Fleming • Steve Abee • Joel Huntley • Stephen Harrison

Whether you can visit the gallery in person or only online, please join us as we celebrate this storied pottery tradition at American Folk Art.
The 12th Annual Face Jug Show will debut on the gallery website: WWW.AMERIFOLK.COM at 11 AM, Wednesday April 10th. For a full hour, the entire show will be available for previewing before phone sales begin promptly at noon. Remaining face jugs will be on view in the gallery from Friday, April 12th through Wednesday, May 1st, 2024

American Folk Art & Framing
11:00 AM - 05:00 PM, every day through May 01, 2024.

Event Supported By

American Folk Art & Framing
(828) 281-2134
American Folk Art & Framing
64 Biltmore Ave.
Asheville, North Carolina 28801