Memory Jugs
Memory jugs are mosaic vessels covered in mortar and encrusted with shards, shells, and various found objects. They were popular in victorian times as folk art but the idea is believed to have originated from African mourning vessels. “ These were memory laden mosaics...three dimensional scrapbooks. In essence they are fascinating time capsules that link the past to the present as poignant narratives.”  My memory jugs are traditionally made using old china shards and antique found objects embedded in mortar on early stoneware. Exposed mortar is finished in hand mixed matte varnish and metallic powdered pigments. Each piece is then rubbed for a antique finish leaving them almost indistinguishable from period pieces. Click images for larger photo and details