This glazed terracotta water jug originates from a countryside workshop in Brioude, Haute-Loire, France. This type of Auvergnat pottery workshop operated only in winter when farmers were free from fieldwork. The clay is red due to its natural iron oxide content. This raw clay was grogged, meaning it was mixed with river sand and crushed fired clay. Traces of vegetation, twigs that burned during firing, can be observed. This jug beautifully expresses the farmers’ sensitivity when creating shapes and decorations, crafted here with kaolin. Despite using thick clay, they achieved remarkably refined pottery. Note the seamless fusion of the handle into the body, ensuring a good grip and solidity. The glaze around the spout and entrance is intended to make the piece waterproof, precisely in areas receiving and distributing water. The tall spout optimizes the filling of this generous, orangish jug.
Height: 31 cm, Diameter: 28 cm