Inspired by John Burrison’s latest book Global Clay, this talk entitled, “Face Jugs/People Pots: Southern Tradition, Global Human Impulse” explores the tradition of jugs with human faces—now icons of Southern folk art—within the near-universal global distribution of humanoid vessels.
How did these striking objects arise in the South, to be continued today in the work of living folk potters like members of the Meaders and Hewell families in Georgia, and how has their meaning changed from one generation to the next? Were there separate traditions of face-jug making for African American and European American potters, or did one group influence the other? Where else in the world are similar traditions found? These are some of the intriguing questions this talk will address.
John A. Burrison is Regents Professor of English and Director of the Folklore Curriculum at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He is the author of numerous books, including From Mud to Jug: The Folk Potters and Pottery of Northeast Georgia and Roots of a Region: Southern Folk Culture.
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