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For his book on the state's pottery tradition, TURNERS AND BURNERS, University of North Carolina folklore professor Charles Zug visited a number of potters, like Burlon Craig, and also rolled up his sleeves to get the feel of the clay.
Nationally known Burlon Craig of Lincoln County learned pottery making through apprenticeship, and his methods and materials for making salt-glazed stoneware haven't changed in over fifty years. In 1991, he received a N.C. Folk Heritage Award.
Offering new life to an old craft were two North Carolina potters who displayed their version of face jugs during the national craft revival of the 1960s and 1970s. Displaying this pottery’s relevance in ages past was a brief history of face jugs. Noted were purposes such as grave markers warding off evil and moonshine containers warding off children from their contents.