Friday, December 7, 2012


Today I am sharing a detail of one of my Memory Jug creations entitled, "A Bone to Pick." The porcelain head of the Madonna was a piece I found in a trashcan at a roadside shrine. Yes, the statue had broken and the shrine cleaned up, but this was my lucky day to find this "shard". This Madonna face made the most perfect centerpiece to my memory jug, and I used other found items to construct her body and surround her with antique doll parts. 

Do you want to learn how to make a Memory Jug? On February 16-17, 2013, I am offering a two-day weekend workshop making small memory jugs using one of the traditional styles popular during the Victorian Era, when making memorial jugs and other forms came into vogue in the Eastern and Southern regions of the United States. It has remained one of the most enigmatic folk art forms since the 1800s.

My special guest workshop will be held at the art studio of popular mosaic artist, Susan Wechsler, in Boulder, Colorado. We are planning a limited series of Memory Jug / Memoryware workshops at Susan's studio in 2013.

To sign up for this special workshop, or to learn more about the details, contact Susan Wechsler at: or 303-485-0636. You can also write directly to me at:

If you can't make it to my live workshop in February, I always offer my instructional  MEMORY JUG BOOK CD for sale from my blog. Click on the photo or link, or email me to receive your copy for $20 plus shipping/handling.


Annie Jeffries said...

I don't understand it, Laurie. How could anyone throw away the face of Mary? So very glad you found it.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

You've got me hooked: I'm going to start looking in trash cans at shrines and missions and churches too. No telling what cast-off treasures I'll find. In fact, I'm planning to slip across the border into Sonora tomorrow morning (legally, of course!), and I'll be keeping my eyes open for Mary and her broken kin. Thanks for the wonderful idea!

Mary in Disguise

Priti Lisa said...

I don't think Mary's face was thrown away...I think she was put where you, Laurie, would find her.
Magic + Magic = Sacredness♥

Lenora said...

serine, the creative eye finds many treasures others pass by..

GlorV1 said...

Hi Laurie. Love every bit of it. Lots of work there. Just wonderful. Thanks for the info on the cd.

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic idea! You are so creative! Lovely jug. Mary's face shines out of it!

Mark said...

With her eyes downcast, I wonder what it is she wants US to see?

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