Face Jugs: What Are They?
A face jug is a small jug that portrays a face with a nose, ears, eyes and a mouth. It is potter made and was made first by African Americans. The face jug contains several symbolic meanings to African Americans and is a very important factor to the African American historical culture. Face jugs can be seen as an expressive non-material cultural piece due to the fact that African Americans were able to decorate these potteries the way they wished and design the faces according to what they liked. In this blog, I will discuss the history of face jugs and how they came about, Dave Potter, who was a famous face jug potter, the symbolism of face jugs and what they look like, and how to make a face jug for yourself.