Company of Beard Pullers
Fitch & McAndrew
The Fraternal Company of Ruminating Beard Pullers by Fitch & McAndrew are part of The New Craftsmen’s ‘Claylarks’
collection. The group of three jugs reflect a meeting of pompous men, each ruminating upon their own importance in each other's company and not one of them listening to the other. For these pieces, the duo were inspired by the face jugs at both the Museum of London and the FitzWilliam Museum in Cambridge. Jugs of this type were made all over Britain, especially in Surrey, and sold locally and internationally throughout the Medieval period. Their motivation ultimately came from a sherd of the face section of a Medieval jug that Doug received as a gift. The duo also looks to the infamous work of Medieval English Pottery by Bernard Rackham, with bearded face jugs shown to be pulling their beards. It is unknown whether these faces are deep in thought or perhaps the beard was considered a mark of virility and status. Traditional pots are often anthropomorphic and, throughout the years, many cultures have celebrated this observation with the addition of human features.
Material: Red earthenware, slips, glaze
cm: Width 16.5cm, Depth 13cm, Height 15.5cm
inches: Width 6.5in, Depth 5.1in, Height 6.1in
Care Instructions: Hand wash with warm soapy water