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From the book, By Hand: 25 Beautiful Objects to Make in the American Folk Art Tradition, 2001

Memory Jug on Pedestal by rauterl, via Flickr

Memory Jug, or how to deal with the overabundance of tchotchke in your life

Memory Jugs are just facinating to me. The details! The bricolage!! The artistry!!!

One of my favorite contemporary Memory Jug artists, Lisa Rauter of Ohio.

my amazing friend Julie made this and if i become independently wealthy, i'll buy it! Memory Jug CLERGY by confettijulie on Etsy, $1299.00

Childhood Memories by Lynn Mattson. Beautiful pique assiette. see her new work on Pinterest under Lynn Cassinerio Neidermayer "my mosaic artwork"

This memory jug was constructed by putting various objects on a jug encased in concrete. Some identifiable objects include marbles, a spigot, a saltshaker, a penny, a metal chain, pins, keys, buttons, ceramic, porcelain, glass decorative objects, and a small metal.

The first memory jugs were made by African Americans for grave adornments. Memory jugs are mosaic vessels covered in mortar and encrusted with shards, shells, and various found objects. They were popular in Victorian times as folk art but the idea is believed to have originated from African mourning vessels. These were memory laden mosaics as in three dimensional scrapbooks. They are fascinating time capsules that link the past to the present as poignant narratives.