The face jugs in the article were of a different style than what the potters of NC & SC make.
Traditional face jugs are ash glazed using fired cones for the teeth and porcelain shards for eyes.
Now if we look at the cultural history of the face jug, we find it's use as a way to keep the social group, morally aware of the consequences of doing evil to one another.
When a person died, a face jug was placed on the grave. If the person were a good person in the community, the face jug would remain intact for a year, then broken to let the soul rise to heaven.
If they were evil in the sight of the group, the jug was broken before the year was up and this condemned their soul to hell.
Folk potters, trying to get a leg up on the competition, decorated the whiskey jugs in distorted faces to attract more jug sales.
Contemporary potters saw that the older pieces were being collected as art, so they began making their own collectible versions and so on....
Most collector in this area, want the traditional style ash glazed face jugs.I doubt if the ones featured in Artnews would sell here but if this were to be a worthy trend, I'm sure some potters here would take note.
As in the "Garlic Plate" thread, if people want them, we'll make them.
The question becomes,what percentage of ourselves are we, potters for ourselves or potters for the marketplace.