Jim McDowell's Profile
I've been a potter, The Black Potter, for over 30 years. I make many functional items such as bowls, vases, mugs, pie dishes, etc., but my specialty is face jugs inspired by my heritage and ancestry.
My great-great-great-great aunt was a slave potter in Jamaica; she made face jugs according to the oral history in our family. It is believed enslaved people brought the tradition of these jugs to America and used them as grave markers since they were not allowed to have head stones. I make them to honor my ancestors who survived the Middle Passage. I inscribe words on the back of each face jug, usually on the left side my thoughts on bondage and freedom, and on the right, a message for today. You can find more info on my website, www.blackpotter.com.
I make my own glazes from recipes I have devised or collected over the years, and…
- Born on September 25
- Joined October 2, 2008