Monroe County

Pottery

Sam Williams was exposed to pottery in his father’s farm store. The elder Mr. Williams had begun a collection of crocks and jars that Sam still has. Together, father and son took pottery classes at a Brewton junior college where Sam is still enrolled so many years later. His utilitarian pottery is made to be admired and used. Sam’s natural enthusiasm for life is expressed in his work with clay, and his boundless energy could keep him creating every day.

Using the traditional technique of a potter’s wheel, Sam creates high temp stoneware that he likes to glaze in natural earth tones. His pottery is so precisely made that when a piece is thumped with a finger; the clear tone of a bell rings out. Sam calls his interpretation of a face jug a Devil Jug. A whisky jug base provides the background for the horns, eyes, nose, mouth, and fangs of the unworldly devils. Face jugs were first created by slave potters in the 1840s. Unable to determine their exact purpose, historians know they were cherished by their creators because many were found on the long, arduous journey along Underground Railroad trails.

To learn more about Sam Williams, visit

http://www.potterybywilliams.com

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"Evil Spirits Beware" Ceramic Face Jug face jug, pottery, ceramics, devil, sam williams, folk art, monroe, monreville
"Evil Spirits Beware" Ceramic Face Jug Price: $150.00
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This ceramic face jug was crafted by Monroe County, Alabama artist Sam Williams, IV. Williams, who learned to throw pottery initially from his father, adds his own touch of whimsy and humor to the classic "devil jug". "Evil Spirits Beware" is glazed in a translucent dark brown glaze, has deep green eyes, classic horns and pointed teeth, a forked tail, and is finished with a wire earring. The measurements for this ceramic sculpture is approximately 11" tall by 9" diameter.

Multicolor Jar pottery, ceramics, vase, sam williams
Multicolor Jar Price: $47.00
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This round hand thrown vase by artist Sam Williams is dipped in four different vibrant glazes. It is 7 x 7 and has a 3 inch wide opening.

West Indies Salad Bowl pottery, ceramics, bowl, sam williams, salad bowl
West Indies Salad Bowl Price: $60.00
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12 inch diameter ceramic salad bowl in sand colored glaze by artist Sam Williams.

Seafood Platter ceramics, pottery, seafood, platter, sam williams
Seafood Platter Price: $45.00
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12 inch diameter ceramic seafood platter with handles, features hand drawn shrimp by artist Sam Williams.

Devil Face Jug
Devil Face Jug Price: $450.00
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Item #: 9894 -

Though they can be dated back to ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian times, face jugs are also a large part of folk art history. One reason behind the creation was to ward off evil spirits, some even state that face jugs are supposed to be ugly enough to scare the devil away from your grave so that you can go to heaven. This face jug by artist Sam Williams is 13 inches tall and depicts his interpretation of a devil face.