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Finely hand sculpted wise old owl, reverse is incised

    "Wise People PRAY

             For The  U.S.A.


      Bottom stamped and signed

       "Cornwall E. Kirkpatrick IV

                 Newnan, Georgia"

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     Exquisite "WISE OLD" OWL 

​            by Master Potter,  C. E. K. IV

  CHRISTINE AND STEVE PROUDLY DISPLAY THE GREAT SNAKE JUG CREATION THEY WON IN OUR 2023 CONVENTION AUCTION. MR. KIRKPATRICK PRODUCED THIS SPECIAL PIECE TO BE DONATED TO OUR CLUB WITH ITS PROCEEDS GOING TO THE BWPOSECC. SPECIAL THANKS GO TO CHRISTINE, STEVE, AND MR. KIRKPATRICK.

                 COTTONMOUTH JUICE SNAKE JUG
                                        by Greg Mathis

 
     1 Gallon multi-glazed hand sculpted jug creation by Cornwall E. Kirkpatrick IV.

Artful appointments include on the vessel’s obverse a depiction of Anna Pottery with its unique Indian Weathervane, and a historic depiction of the operation with “Mayor C.E.K. Pumping Water During the1875 Drought” on the reverse side. Two applied fine lizard figurals serve as handles.  A coiled Cottonmouth snake stopper gives a clear warning to the jug’s liquid contents, “Cottonmouth Juice,” continuing the strong temperance message against public drunkenness and excessive drinking. The vessel bears a cobalt filled incised signature “C.E. Kirkpatrick IV” and date “2023.” The base features a sketched Kirkpatrick “Idol,” and maker stamping.  13.5"h, 9"w

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                                Slough Snakes / Pig Flask . 

          incised  "Pig At Work Removing Politicians from D.C."

                       Signed and stamped Cornwall E. Kirkpatrick IV


        ​In the 19th Century, the Big Muddy River would flood,         developing "snake invested" shoughs in Southern Illinois, near     Grand Tower. Local farmers used pigs that ate snakes, and                             quickly cleared the snake issues.

Among America's most prolific traditional stoneware pot making families is that of Andrew Kirkpatrick and his sons and now his direct descendant Cornwall Elihu Kirkpatrick IV.  Today, this Great Great Grandson of  Anna Pottery owner Cornwall Kirkpatrick hand sculpts interesting and thought provoking creations,  just as   Cornwall and Wallace Kirkpatrick did at the Anna Pottery in Union County Illinois 1859 to 1896.

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2017 Convention Seminar  "KIRKPATRICK"

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"Snake Juice Jug

​Made by  

Cornwall E. Kirkpatrick IV

Great Great Grandson of  

​Cornwall Kirkpatrick"

Elaborate half gallon Albany slip glazed jug, bearing a historic inscription and multiple  decorated snakes symbolizing a temperance warning of excessive drinking. The matching  ​jug stopper features another viper, on the ready  "to  strike."


 

Grand Tower Stinkpot Figural

Hand sculpted by Cornwall E. Kirkpatrick IV

by  Greg Mathis

A most meticulous creation of the Grand Tower, Illinois, slough resident off the Big Muddy River in Southern Illinois is the Sternotherus odoratus, Mud, Musk, Stinkpot turtle.


In the late 1950s I accompanied my dad and brother while night fishing the Grand Tower sloughs for bull head catfish. We set out around 100 baited cane poles before dark and waited until it was time to “Run The Lines” and later caught many bullhead cats. This was a big thrill thought-out the night hours, except for me. My dad and brother were only allowed to land the fish. My task was solely to hold the flashlight “steady,” as hooks were re-baited. This became boring to me and I did a very poor job. I loved all types of turtles and all these childhood Grand Tower trips, but I had the terrifying experience of watching my dad cut off the head of a stinkpot we caught, solely to save the hook in its mouth. I was quite upset.  

             "Let's Go Brandon snake jug"

    "Let ICE Work the Border 2021" snake jug

       "To My Friends at BWPOSECC /

​                    2017 Convention /

​                   East Peoria, Illinois /

                   C. E. Kirkpatrick IV "

C.E.Kirkpatrick IV  pig and frog figurals, and snake jugs

​The Exquisite Cobalt Decorated “Shoo Fly / Spider / Turtle /                                   Lizard / Bug Jug”

                                                          By Greg Mathis

    This Cornwall E. Kirkpatrick IV hand sculpted rendition of the Anna Pottery   original  “Shoo Fly”  jug is  equally  thought   and   conversation provoking. Initial reactions often evoke comedic bigoted feelings that eventually evolve toward shockingly racist ones in self-discovery. The minstrel show song “Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me” was a favorite among black Union soldiers in the Civil War who included verses bearing today’s forbidden “N” expletive. Their version expounded “Shoo Fly, ‘N,’ don’t bother me while I’m sleepin.”
     Featured is an enslaved servant clinging to the jug’s spout, wearing a finely detailed period hair style, blouse, skirt, belt, shoes and leggings. An annoying fly peers up her skirt, being attracted  as she wears no underwear.

   The enslaved servant expounds “Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me !” This abject racist depiction quickly turns any initial comic reaction into the realization of the inhumane treatment of African Americans that still continues today. The base is incised “C.E.K. IV  /  2017.     7”​h

Hand Sculpted Folk Art Creations of

Cornwall E. Kirkpatrick IV

C.E.K. IV  room sales in Convention 2023

​Labor intensive hand sculpted creations of C.E.K. IV

CREATIONS FRESH OUT THE KILN

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SAMPLE  OF  C.E.K. IV   CREATIONS

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Finely hand sculpted Razorback Hog Birdhouses

                  b​y Cornwall E. Kirkpatrick IV 

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​       2017 BWPOSECC CONVENTION 

  SHOW DISPLAY AND SALE TABLE OF         C.E. KIRKPATRICK IV  WITH GREG MATHIS

Ornate cobalt Winged Dragon plate.

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