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

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

The first memory jugs were made by African Americans for grave adornments.

Memory Jugs, Folk Art Outsider Art @ Teresa Waller....memory tea pot?

Now these are beautiful !!! Antique American Original Paint Decorated Folk Art Memory Jugs

Memory Jugs, Folk Art Outsider Art

Memory Jug = Altered Art. Old tradition of putting things from someone's life onto a jug

Memory jug, southern folk art

Might try making a Memory Jug. Like doing a mosaic with buttons, coins, shells, beads, old jewelry, pretty stones, watch findings, or any other small, firm object.