Jim McDowell

Ceramics and Pottery

I create face jugs to honor my African-Caribbean ancestors, and to express my feelings about historical or current events. Ol' Pa is a first responder angel, representing a tough old guy who gave his life saving others during the Boston Marathon tragedy in 2013. The numbers represent four fire houses. The wide spread nose and thick lips, black features; scarification is tribal; wings harken to folk lore that if a slave went missing, Jesus gave him wings to fly away. The cigar symbolizes smoking, not permitted for slaves. Glazed with Malcolm Davis shino, with china teeth. Gas kiln fired.