Black Tobacco Spit Glaze Wedding Jug by Wayne Hewell
Medium: Georgia clay, hand made glaze, functional
What is a Wedding Jug?
Mr. Hewell explained that a Wedding Jug is a 200 plus year old tradition among his community in rural north-central Georgia. Historically, the jug was filled with moonshine then passed around on the night of a wedding. The preacher would drink from the center spout while the new couple and their families would drink from the outer spouts.
About Wayne Hewell:
Wayne Hewell is a 5th generation potter who mixes his own glazes and works in a studio along a dirt path leading to a chicken house in North Georgia. The Hewell family has been creating pottery for over 100 years. He uses wild clay from Georgia, fires in a home made wood-fired kiln a few paces from his studio, and uses Tobacco Spit or Alkaline glazes to create the greenish, runny surfaces on the jugs (specifically, Mr. Hewell uses garden lime to achieve the drippy glaze effect).
Wayne often incorporates humor into the faces by adding grimaces, points to the ears, cigars, etc. He is also known for his swirlware, a process of combining two different clay bodies which result in an amazing striped effect.