"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Friday, April 15, 2016

Elvis Presley

This 1992 ceramic portrait jug of Elvis Presley by Melvin and Michael Crocker sits in the Luce Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.

"This single-handle jug was a prevalent form in Southern folk pottery and was often finished by molding the body into the form of a face. It has been finished in a contemporary fashion with the face of Elvis. The original jugs created by Georgia folk artists were not as polished or lifelike as this one and often showed distorted and crude features. The body of the jug for Elvis Presley Face Jug #4 was thrown by Michael, while Elvis's image was molded by Melvin." -- Smithsonian American Art Museum

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