Every summer I make a Greenman jug to celebrate the season. It is usually covered in leaves with a cool green glaze. This summer is a bit different. Daily temperatures have been in excess of 100 for 30 straight days without any rain or any sign that it will cool down in the forseeable future. The garden is dying despite my best efforts to shade and protect plants from the relentless sun. This years Greenman is parched and begging for rain. Those clouds over his head don't look promising.
He is made form clay that I dug on the Red River here in Southern Oklahoma and will fire a reddish brown.
Work in progress:
This is only the second caricature of a real person that I have attempted. Salvador Dali had a lot of character in his face and I have been exploring different shapes and structures for my face jugs recently. Dali was an eccentric and a shameless self promoter. If he had chosen pottery instead of painting I'm positive he would have made face jugs and sold them on eBay.
Works In Progress:
Here are some Face Jugs that I am working on.
I wanted to do a series of animals and was having a hard time incorporating the spouts of the jugs.
I decided to camouflage the spouts as hats. The hats turned into party hats. I think the 108 degree heat has driven me mad!
One Eyed Tom Cat . The original
He's really a mellow pooch but when he has one-too-many cocktails he cops an attitude.