April 4 – 24th, 2017 Show opens online: Tuesday April 4 at 11 am : www.amerifolk.com Opens in the Gallery: Thursday, April 6th continues through Monday, April 24th Opening Reception: Friday, April 7th : 5-8 pm The Annual Face Jug Show at American Folk Art returns for its 5th year, April 4th through April 24th, 2017. An opening reception will be held on Friday, April 7th from 5 - 8 pm, kicking off the Downtown Asheville First Friday Gallery Walks of 2017. American Folk’s Face Jug show presents an opportunity to experience nuances of our region’s pottery traditions and quirks. When markets began to form in the region, merchants typically priced their goods by the gallon, so potters made jugs in 1, 3 or 5 gallons sizes; then both merchant and customer knew how much they were getting and how much they would pay. The scary faces were added to the jugs that folks would take to the moonshiners, the scary faces, snakes, devils and other grotesque features were intended to keep children out of the moonshine. Nowadays, face jugs don’t seem to scare children like they did in the past, but potters are pushing creative boundaries within the context of these rich regional traditions, keeping us interested. North Carolina soil makes remarkable clay. Potters still dig & mix their own, firing in large wood burning kilns, and using wood ash and other traditional glazes. Mike Ball, has an unlimited imagination, and the skills to make each pot unique. He has trained all over the world, but calls North Carolina home. His jugs feature beautiful cobalt glass drips, textured surfaces, and wildly expressive and sometimes grotesque features. North Carolina potter, Michael Gates, is using a kiln that goes back in his own family for 6 generation; although he uses all the traditions in building his pots, his world travels and modern sensibilities bring his jugs into the realm of contemporary. With his use of delicate slip decoration, his pottery is more intriguing narrative than grotesque. Walter Fleming, the Catawba Valley North Carolina’s oldest working potter, has signature faces which harken back to the early 1970’s and 80’s…when his mentor B.B. Craig was still living and working sharing his pottery knowledge thru the Fox Fire book series, and passing all the old ways to Walter and other potters of the region. American Folk Art & Framing’s 4th Annual Face Jug Show features renowned potters Wayne Hewell of Georgia; Chad Brown, Fred Johnston, and Stacy Lambert of the eastern part of North Carolina; Walter Fleming, Michael Gates, Mike Ball & Steve Abee from North Carolina’s Catawba Valley; Marvin Bailey from South Carolina and The Browns Pottery of Western North Carolina, there are always a few surprise potters included to add to the excitement.