Facial Studies Through Creation of a Face Jug

Face jugs have been crafted by pre-Columbian artists, Native Americans, and by black slave potters. Young artists wedge, coil, blend, score, slip and glaze their own jug, fired by their imagination.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Demo the process or save jugs from previous years in various stages of completion
Classroom Considerations

  • Appropriate for a ceramics unit or for a ceramics classes
  • The activity requires a kiln to fire the jugs
  • Resource presumes class members have previously studied the anatomy of the face

  • The resource includes an overview and background information about face jugs, links to images, and step-by-step directions

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