:::: One of the last 1000 Major Jugs By a lifetime Potter/Sculptor ::::
Each major jug numbered, dated and signed by the artist. Collect the whole set. (See "About The Artist" for details.)

Title: " Shotgun Boogie Man 3"
Gently sculpted with a 12ga. Shotgun

Comment: This is the last "Shotgun Boogie Man" for a while
(See process photos below)
I got a new shotgun for Christmas last year. I decided to explore it's creative potential by blasting away at some clay. Deciding what to make for a target was the hard part. Making puppies and kitties was out, as was regular human faces. Some years ago I made "Dad Blasted Cactus Lamps". (see below)
I assembled thrown clay parts into cacti and blasted them with Ol' Betsy. I got in trouble with environmentalists in Ariz. for encouraging people to shoot poor defenseless cactus (seems it's s big problem there).
A couple of weeks ago I was listening to some old Rock a Billy tunes when they played "Shotgun Boogie" (Johnny Horton) . I decided to make some Shotgun Boogie Men. For my blasted jugs. I mean , most people don't like the devil and even if you killed him it would only make him mad. He's even sporting a shotgun shell ear ring. His little buddy is a stopper. With all the holes in the jug all he's keeping fresh is his attitude.

.Materials and process: Hand-thrown stoneware gently sculpted with a 12ga. Shotgun , and high fire glaze.
The glaze is my Washita River Slip and Ash Glaze over Black. It has lots of small gold crystals and matt and glossy areas. I tried to show some of the glaze effects but it's difficult to capture the fantastic details.

Size: He stands about 10" tall, to the top of the jug . He is made of high-fire stoneware and the glaze is handmade by me and is food safe and lead free. Needless to point out that he won't hold liquid so don't try to fill him up with your favorite beverage. It won't work

Medium: Stoneware clay and glaze

Signed: Yes. Artist signed, numbered and dated with the year produced.

Original: Entirely handmade using no molds.
Each jug is an original. Comes with a certificate of

Process Photos

Boogie Man sculpted and covered with a red clay slip. The jug must still be quite damp throughout. Dry clay simply disintegrates when shot. (Think Skeet Clay Pigeons).


After a single shot from about 40 feet with #3 shot. The trick here is not to aim directly at the jug. A full head-on shot would probably blow him away. You need to aim about 16" from the jug. One side sustains the most damage. The intact side adds structural strength for firing.

The Ballistics of Shooting Clay:

Forget what you know about how bullets act on animals or people when dealing with clay.
Clay at this stage is more like a liquid than a solid body. When the shot hits the clay it created a back splash that looks more like an exit wound.(Think about dropping a rock into a mud puddle). The exit side has the smaller and less jagged hole. Since there is nothing inside a hollow pot to distort the shot and it has slowed since entry, the exit wound is small. Thicker parts like cheeks noses and horns are distorted most and size of the entry is much greater than on thin parts.

Blasted Cactus (sold years ago) click pic to enlarge.







# 46 Of The Final 1000