Face Jug: Evan Javan Brown, Sr.


Face Jug

ca. 1974 Evan Javan Brown, Sr.



Face Jug

ca. 1974Evan Javan Brown, Sr.Born: Buckhead, Georgia 1897Died: North Carolina 1980glazed stoneware7 1/8 x 5 1/8 x 5 1/2 in. (18.1 x 12.9 x 14 cm)Smithsonian American Art MuseumGift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson1986.65.27Smithsonian American Art Museum
3rd Floor, Luce Foundation Center


About Evan Javan Brown, Sr.

Born: Buckhead, Georgia 1897

Died: North Carolina 1980



Davis P. Brown, the founder of Brown’s Pottery and Javan’s brother, made the company’s first devil jug in the early 1920s, which he placed outside the store’s door to attract attention. Javan Brown probably crafted this face jug in his own workshop in Valdese, North Carolina. He made the teeth from pieces of broken plate, and used a thick black glaze to emphasize the face’s ugly features.


For more information about this work visit the Luce Foundation Center.


Figure – fragment – face

decorative arts – ceramic

folk art

ceramic – stoneware


via: cocotazo


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