Panama City artist Mitchell Grafton throws convention down the drain when he creates his clay sculptures. Unlike many pottery artists, who focus either on function or form, Grafton combines the two to create highly imaginative yet functional art works. His specialises in what he calls “face jugs”; artistic and often humorous jugs that can either be displayed for its aesthetic value or used as a way to humorously pour punch at parties.
There’s never a dull moment when admiring Mitchell Grafton’s sculptures. Each piece offers the viewer the opportunity to get emotionally involved in the scene that is being depicted by chuckling at the exaggerated, cartoonish expressions of the creatures and people that he sculpts. Each piece tells a story, yet it is up to the viewer to create their own back story for the characters. How did the jug head guy end up with a branch for a nose? What’s going on between this dude and the octopus on his face? Each story is told in a glorious technicolor of 3-dimensional caricature and humor that is a delight to behold.