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Many Faces: North Carolina's Face Jug Tradition

Posted on 07/17/14

Seagrove, NC - Many Faces: North Carolina’s Face Jug Tradition will be the next temporary exhibition at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, North Carolina. This exhibition, which will run from August 8 through October 25, opens with a reception on Friday, August 8, 2014 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The opening reception is open to the public and free of charge.

Curated by L.A. Rhyne, a pottery collector who lives in western North Carolina, Many Faces explores a fascinating group of 19th and 20th century face vessels made by many traditional and contemporary folk artists. North Carolina examples are highlighted along with some from other states and countries. Perhaps first initiated in the United States in the 1800s in South Carolina by enslaved African-Americans and potters from the northeastern U.S., the face jug tradition spread to Georgia, North Carolina, and throughout the South and other regions. Many Faces includes many face jug styles made by a wide range of talented potters.

Visit the North Carolina Pottery Center for this exhibition and you will literally come face-to-face with some fascinating pottery.

Exhibitions are made possible through the generosity of our membership, the Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the Windgate Charitable Foundation, and the John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation. This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Thank you!

The mission of the North Carolina Pottery Center is to promote public awareness of and appreciation for the history, heritage, and ongoing tradition of pottery making in North Carolina. 

The Center is located at 233 East Avenue in Seagrove, NC. Hours of operation are Tue - Sat 10 am - 4 pm. For more information, please call 336.873.8430, visit ncpotterycenter.org, or find us on Facebook.

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