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Robert Asa Crook

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Tattoojugs
Four face jugs with "tattoos", $185.00 each Ceramic
3bottles1
Three full-figure bottles, $260.00 each Ceramic
3bottles2
Three more full-figure bottles, $260.00 each Ceramic
Catjug
Three-eyed cat jug, $185.00 Ceramic
3facejar
Three-faced jar, $290.00 Ceramic
Doublefacegreen
Double-faced jug, $185.00 Ceramic
Ironfullfig
Full-figure bottle with iron glaze, $260.00 Ceramic
Oribeshinojugs
Three face jugs, $185.00 each Ceramic
Purpledevil
Purple devil face jug, $160.00 Ceramic
Raku1
Raku warrior, $90.00 Ceramic
Raku2
Raku warrior, $90.00 Ceramic
Reddevil
Red devil face jug, sold Ceramic
Redhairjug
Red head face jug, $160.00 Ceramic
Splitface
Split double-face jug, sold Ceramic
Redjug
Double-nosed red devil face jug, sold Ceramic
Turqjar
Face jar, $185.00 Ceramic
Threeeyedgreen
Three-eyed face jug, $185.00 Ceramic
100_2863sm
"Vagina Dentata", $585.00 Ceramic
100_4774sm
Smiling face jug, sold Ceramic
100_1127
Fetish jar, sold Ceramic
100_1119
Fetish jar, $290 Ceramic
Knifeflowerjar
Knife and flower jar, $390.00 Ceramic
Juryjar
Jury jar, sold Ceramic
Sm100_5737
"Two Lawyers and a Judge" vase, $390 Ceramic
Sm100_5724
Four-eyed face jug, $185.00 Ceramic
100_1082darkercropped
Quick Facts
Statement

I am an attorney by day, and a self-taught artist/folk artist/primative -- whatever you want to call me -- by night. I work in ceramic, and my bottles, jugs, and jars can be found in collections across the United States of America. I like to push my work to be as outrageous as I possibly can get.

Face jugs are an old American art form. While I work in traditional methods, I continue to push my work into the bizarre and untamed. What I do is guaranteed to get a reaction. Ambivalence is rejected!

At the risk of sounding pretentious, I generally sign my work "Robert Asa Crook." As strange as it may sound, there are other "Robert Crook's" out there, but only one with "Asa" in the middle - it's a name that goes back to the 1700s in my family, and I am one of many men in my family who have had the name.

Family history is important to me, and it affects my artwork. My mother and her family come from east Texas. My grandfather - "Bapa" as we knew him - used to keep whiskey in face jugs high and out of reach from my sister and I. These old pottery jugs were scary as could be imagined, and I later learned that they were made that way to keep children from nipping into the rotgut.

Face jugs are an old American art form that goes back centuries in our country with its roots all over the globe. You will see a number of such jugs in my portfolio and, to the best of my knowledge, I am the only ceramicist who consistently makes these jugs on the West Coast - while at the same time keeping very busy as an attorney based in Southern California.

I am one of my biggest fans. Whether it is a jug, jar, or statue, you can be sure that it put a smile on my face - and gave me a few chuckles - when I made it. If anything I make gets a reaction from someone, my mission has been accomplished.

Feel free to email me at facejug@hotmail.com