Face Jug History

Following are several face jugs which are attributed to the BF Landrum, Miles Mill and Col. Thomas Davies pottery and are suspected to be slave-made.

     These Face Jugs were made in  the area of Edgefield  S.C. ,where it is thought that the facejug tradition got it’s start in our country.  Most of the early facejugs , will not be signed, but are in high demand,  to collectors of Southern Folkart, or collectors of Edgefield Pottery.


 The  black potter Dave was one of the most industrious  potter’s of his day, he made large storage jars, and was known to wright poems on some, and– he signed and dated many others, his pottery is in demand from- collectors- as well as -museums.


   Historians believe that the first –facejugs –in the U.S. were made in Edgefield area of South Carolina , by slaves who worked in the plantation potteries.   These  plantation potteries ,were one of the first types of manufacture in a new country.  Potter’s from the surounding area , would travel from pottery to pottery , to work for income, as the plantation owners need to fill their -demand- of orders , pottery jugs- crocks- srorage jars.

    The results were that the potter’s ,and the slaves worked together, and after seeing the facejugs that the slaves made, must have decided, that they would make a facejug to keep their moonshine in , so as to scare their kids away , or keep them out of that jug. And as these potter’s traveled from pottery to pottery the art of making facejugs srarted to spread across the country, and potter’s started to make them for more artistic reasons.

   Today at Kings Pottery we like to make face jugs or ugly jugs , as some people say, because they are fun and they can bring a smile to your face. Their big eyes and wide smiles are hard to resist . So we make many different styles of facejugs , and they each have their own personality,as well as interesting names.