Monday, July 3, 2023

LAURIE BETH ZUCKERMAN'S MEMORY JUGS BOOK PDF: Memory jugs, memory jars, memory vessels, and memoryware instructions

LAURIE BETH ZUCKERMAN'S MEMORY JUGS BOOK PDF: Images, Instructions, and Theories is a complete resource on how to make traditional folk art memory jugs. Laurie's "workshop in a book" provides her personal instructions for creating memory jugs, memory jars, memory bottles, memory vases, memoryware, pique assiette, and other memory vessels. 
MEMORY JUGS BOOK discusses the scholarly theories behind this enigmatic folk craft tradition. Memory jugs are believed to originate from historic Southern African-American funeral customs, as well as Victorian-era mourning practices. Historians often categorize memory jugs as American Outsider Art. 

Laurie began creating her intricate memory jugs after her mother passed away in 2001. Her book contains photos of her jugs commemorating her ancestors, as well as antique memory jugs she has compiled from museum and gallery websites, auction houses, and private collectors. Found-object assemblage artists, mosaic artists, and art teachers have benefitted from Laurie's extensive book.


First, email Laurie to order her book:  

Second, Laurie will email you a PayPal Request for Money for $25.

Third, Laurie will email you the Dropbox link to her 255-page book pdf.

Please request a refund if you are not completely satisfied.


Laurie Beth Zuckerman specializes in making found-object assemblage memory jugs, ancestor altars, and elaborate altar installations for museums, universities, and gallery exhibitionsLaurie's memorial works are constructed using vintage and antique collectibles. Visit Laurie's art portfolio website at:

Sample pages from Laurie's Memory Jugs Book:


"I found your memory jugs on Pinterest and I am glad I did—not only for the inspiration, but to make sure I take it in my own direction. You are the Queen of the genre!"

"When I made that memory jug... I received a kind comment from Laurie Beth Zuckerman... It was a pleasant surprise as I instantly recognized Laurie's name from my initial discovery of these fantastic folk art objects. I'd even put together a little sheet of her jugs, which I printed out and it sits just above my Mac. She makes beautiful memory jugs, do check them out. Anyway, it put Laurie back on my radar and I saw she had a book available to buy on her blog, $20, so I did..... and it's FANTASTIC!! I highly recommend buying a copy. Not only is there a great selection of images, jugs both historical and those made by Laurie herself, but there's also a wealth of information from the history of these jugs to how to make your very own (mine was a rather scattershot approach in comparison!!) Here are just a few examples of what you will find if you wisely buy a copy. Laurie kindly gave me permission to use some of her images on here. Beautiful aren't they? I'm looking forward to making my next one now!" Garrett Life Blog

"Your wonderful book arrived today, and I have stayed up 'til 2:30AM reading it! (I only meant to take a quick look, but couldn't stop!) What a great resource! You must have worked hard to assemble all this information, instructions, and great photos of so many kinds of memory jugs, and it was well written too! I'm off to bed now, but I will be coming back to read and re-read."

"I just wanted to thank you for the book. I've been studying it for hours. You are a very generous artist. It is full of great information with thorough instructions that will help me develop my own Memory pieces. The photos of vintage and contemporary work are a treasure. Your pieces are spectacular. Rich design and so full of depth and meaning."

"Thank you so much for the book. I really enjoyed it and was very inspired by the examples. I found it full of great information, from the interesting ideas on history, to the how to section and list of traditional objects. I was mostly excited by the lovely photos, I haven't been able to find many examples of old jugs so they are great reference material for me and I liked how you categorized them. I will recommend the book on my site to anyone interested in making a jug or wanting more information on them."

"I love love love your book!!! Thank you so much. Very inspirational and thank you for the instructions. I have not gotten started yet but am looking forward to starting soon. I can see that preplanning is a good idea. I have looked at memory jugs for years and wondered how on earth they were made. I knew it had to be pretty simple materials as they didn't have all the fancy epoxies that we have today. Your book really helped clear up the mystery. Your memory jugs are fabulous!!!"

"Received your CD book in the mail. Love it! Such a wonderful collection of photos of memory jugs, including our inspiration piece that we saw on the Antiques Roadshow a few years ago, "The Thing"! So neat to see a picture of it in your book! We were so ready to start our project, that we finished it in one evening. The pieces had been sitting on the kitchen table for two weeks! We are happy with the final results."

"I got your book/CD in the mail and can't take my eyes off the screen. What a terrific job you did with this book and how generous you are to share all of those tips. I cannot WAIT to get to the store and buy the supplies and start exploring. I had no idea that there were others out there who shared my passion, my fascination with memory jugs…and more."

"Received your CD and I really loved it. Wow, what beautiful imagery and I enjoyed the history and deeper meaning of these vessels. I thoroughly enjoyed viewing not only the imagery of the Memory Jug but getting a deeper understanding of the symbolism and the creative process in regards to making them. It was very inspiring to me."

"Wow. I just discovered your incredible art and ordered your CD book. I cannot WAIT to get it. I've been making mosaic structures for years, but have been frustrated with my inability to find a putty, as was used years ago in making memory jars. I hope you have the answer in your book. Can't wait to see more of your work, too!"

"I just got my CD from Laurie Zuckerman. It's a fabulous book that gives the history and shows all the different types of jugs, vases, bowls, that people have covered with trinkets of their lives. Laurie is a fabulous artist. Check out her altars and memory jugs. If you love folk art or Mexican art like me, you'll love her art."

"I watched—read LOL your CD last night and wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it. It is a very unique and informative way to present the memory jugs and its relations. I can’t wait to share it with my friends. Your hard work and love for the art form shows in the presentation. It was well worth the $20."

"I love the CD!! I just got home from vacation and have piles of laundry and other unpacking to do, but…had to pop in CD…and couldn't stop!! It's very inspiring and informative. Several points you made hadn't occurred to me. It was well worth the selling price. I am sure I will refer to it over and over."

"I wanted to tell you how much I love the memory jug book. These objects have always moved me somehow and to see such an array is just unbelievably compelling. I have to admit, I love yours the best! ALL of your pieces are somehow so haunting and complex and memorable. Thanks for such a treat!"

"I finally got to check out the CD. I am VERY happy with it. All the wonderful photos of different types of memory art. My favorite in the book is the one you did in memory of your father. Unbelieveably beautiful. I now can't wait to get started on my first one. Your book helped so much."

"I am just overwhelmed by the Memory Jars CD. It is the most comprehensive and inclusive work on them that I have ever encountered. I am so grateful to have found your website, and thrilled to have ordered the CD."

"Fantastic book, I really appreciate how generous you are in sharing your experience with memory jugs and in depth technique. Looking forward to putting into practice what I've learned from you."
"I received the CD yesterday and watched it through with great interest (avid, I should say). I am very impressed by your scholarship, your collections, and–of course–the memory jugs themselves."

"I got your CD in the mail this week and have spent some time today looking it over.  It's a wonderful art history book. The history is so interesting and important to know before embarking on a project."

"What an amazing art form you have taught to others. As far as memory preservation, it beats scrapbooking any day!!!"
"It's arrived!... and it's FANTASTIC!!... better than I even expected... and I expected it to be really good!! Thank you!"

"The CD is full of all the information one needs to make these crazy folksy works of art. I bought and love it. BUY it!"

"I purchased your CD recently from ebay...OMG I love it!!!! Can not wait to try one on my own."

"Received the CD and have only had time to skim it, but my initial reaction is (and you may quote me) 

"OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG! The photographs alone were enough to make me hyperventilate."

"Your jugs are more authentic and thought-provoking than other modern ones I have seen."

"AWESOME e-book I can't wait to make one. GREAT CD and PICS. Thanks so much!!"

"I am enjoying the CD so much. There is a wealth of information on it. Thank you!"

"Your CD is very inspiring! You have lots of great information in your CD."

"Wow… Your work blows my socks off! Very excited to order your book."

"A - Z, useful source of info for memory ware and related folk art."

"Excellent resource and thanks for all the examples pictured."

"Just a note to say that I LOVE the book! It is beautiful."

"Very informative!! Wonderful images!"

"I am in awe of what you create."

"LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!!"


Laurie's MEMORY JUGS and altar creations were profiled in artist/author Lynne Perrella's two art books, Art Making, Collections, and Obsessions, and Art Making and Studio Spaces.  

Laurie's MEMORY JUGS BOOK was featured in Antiques and Collecting Magazine's article on memory jugs, by David McCormick, February 2011. 

Laurie's MEMORY JUGS were presented at the Society for Mosaic Artists (SAMA) annual conference in Detroit in May 2017 by Laurie Mika.

Friday, May 31, 2019


Laurie Beth Zuckerman visited the Mission San Agustin de Isleta on the Isleta Pueblo, south of Albuquerque for the first time this past Christmastime. This was one of the last mission churches 
I had left to visit in New Mexico. The old adobe church is a lovely structure, and looked festive for the holiday. It is one of the two oldest surviving mission churches in New Mexico. Isleta Pueblo was established prior to the 1598 Spanish occupation of New Mexico, and has a long and complex history that you can read about on the National Park Service website I have listed at the end of this post.

What fascinated me were the two Virgin Mary statues that were cloaked in miniature cloth shawls. I had never seen this done before, and it lent a uniquely Native American quality to these lovely old Catholic statues. The church also displays several other plaster saints, a creche, and and tasteful Christmas decorations.

You will want to put this historic mission church on your own wishlist of Southwest architectural gems.

San Agustin Mission Church at the Isleta Pueblo is listed in the National Register of Historical Places. Read more about this wonderful church at the following National Park Service website link.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019





The Cañon Pintado National Historic District is where I have photographed these petroglyphs and pictographs. I first visited this site in May 2010. The canyon has been occupied by people for 11,000 years. Most of the rock art is from the Fremont Culture, who lived in the canyon from approximately 200 BC to 1300 AD, and the Ute Indians, who lived in the area from approximately AD 1300 until the 1880s. The horse image created by the Ute Indians is the newest rock art drawing.

If you want to explore this area yourself, plan to visit for at least two days. This is a self-driving and there is short hiking trips to some of the sites. My photos only represent a portion of the sites in the canyon. The photos below were taken on May 26, 2019, and show The Guardian and more examples of The Carrot Man.


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This website below will provide you more information about locating this historic site in Western Colorado, north of Fruita:

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Laurie Beth Zuckerman's Plaza del Cerro Oratorio Photos, Chimayo, New Mexico

How many times have I visited the Santuario de Chimayó in northern New Mexico? I assumed that this was the most historic district since I began visiting in the early 90s. I thought I had photographed everything about this world famous Hispanic region, but the most significant area was actually just down the road between the Santuario and the High Road to Taos. Apparently I hadn't done my research well over the years. My husband and I have stayed multiple times in local Bed and Breakfast Inns, and no one ever clued us in. We had been passing that little right-hand turn more times than I would want to count.

Last August, while I was wandering around in my car hunting for the Chimayó Museum, I stumbled upon the nearly abandoned Plaza de San Buenaventura de Chimayó, known as the Plaza del Cerro, the oldest intact Spanish Plaza in the United States. Begun in the 1700s, this 1.6 acre fortified plaza was built to protect Spaniards from raids by the Apache, Comanche, Navajo, and Ute Indian tribes. I walked the old plaza lanes lined with the crumbling adobe walls of rundown homes, a post office, a general store, and the tiny chapel, known as the Oratorio. It seemed so sad that the plaza was overgrown with weeds. Only a handful of residents still live on the plaza, and one building even offers lodging, if it is still open this year.

Allow me to tour you through this private Oratorio with my own cellphone photos taken last August 2018. This chapel was built around 1830. The wooden altar (reredo) is thought to be painted by José Rafael Aragón, the New Mexican Santero whose altar panels are the distinguishing feature of the world-renowned Santuario de Chimayó, in the neighboring community of Potrero. The inside walls are covered in a mud gypsum mixture known as yeso. It was recently restored by the Chimayó Cultural Preservation Association, which was cofounded by Don Usner, local writer, photographer, who grew up in the area and established the wonderful Chimayó Museum. I believe he is the man who invited us to join his tour of the Oratorio and Plaza. Ask for him at the museum if you should visit there, as the chapel is locked.

Read more about the history of the Plaza del Cerro and its restoration projects at:

Pasatiempo Santa Fe New
Art of Space
A little place I know: Chimayó’s Plaza del Cerro
By Paul Weideman
September 22, 2017


Saturday, February 27, 2016


Laurie Beth Zuckerman's drawing, Madre Dolorosa: Spanish Veil, was selected for the juried LATINO EXPRESSIONS exhibition at the Lincoln Center this winter in Fort Collins, Colorado. Latino artists from Colorado included: Francisco Castro, Manuel Cordero, Arturo Garcia, Ismael Lozano, Alejandra Lujan, Silvia Montero, Tony Ortega, Daniel Salazar, Carlos Santistevan, Frank Zamora, and guest awards juror Carlos Fresquez. I was most honored to have one of my new drawings exhibited alongside of these well-known artists, santeros, and arts educators from Denver, Colorado.

Laurie Beth Zuckerman's Madre Dolorosa: Spanish Veil drawing on left wall


Guest awards juror from Denver, Carlos Fresquez had his work exhibited
in the Latino Expressions exhibition at the Lincoln Center Gallery