a bright red devil to ward

This past weekend, I had the lovely privilege of meeting a great artist, Ben Watford. I was at a local festival with a good friend who took me over to see the potter’s work (which is to be on that Sleepy Hollow show I hear, so keep an eye out) and I fell in love with my bright red devil straight away. He then told us the story of the face jug.

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Slaves were not allowed to place markers (such as headstones) on the graves of their dead, I can only assume a restriction meant to dehumanize. These face jugs are thought to be such markers – set to ward off evil spirits so that the soul was allowed to ascend to the heavens. Very, very beautiful.. I will treasure mine and am so very grateful that my friend took me to see them.

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