Art in the Park
Artist Spotlight Carl Wagoner at Silver Surfer Ceramics specializes in his ability to craft beautiful pottery. He is known for his distinctive Kentucky mugs and his "cookie at the end of the day" face jugs and face mugs. Enamored with the Appalachian culture, Carl has a keen interest in moonshine lore. Following this interest, he makes face jugs. These jugs are unique and distinctive in that they have a face carved into the clay before it is fired. Tradition tells that the faces were made ugly to keep children away from the moonshine. Carl uses speckled brownstone and white clay for the mugs and jugs. He uses clear glaze so not to mask the beauty of the clay and adds underglaze to highlight the features of the face. For the "Kentucky" mugs he uses either a blue or clear glaze for a simple and beautiful effect. What began as a hobby inspired by Berea artists grew to be a business, as he sold the pots he made "for fun" because they had begun to pile up. You can find these mugs and jugs online, at state parks and at his booth, Silver Surfer Ceramics, at Art in the Park May 27 and 28.