Rustic Traditional Early American Woodfired Jug with Handle 1:12 Scale

Rustic Traditional Early American Woodfired Jug with Handle 1:12 Scale


A rustic wood fired single handled jug modeled after early American pottery. Wood fired for over 48 hours. Handmade, wheel thrown and one of a kind original. This piece is one of my earliest miniatures - made in 2013.

Maddie’s miniatures are a craft handed passed on from her aunt, nationally recognized miniaturist Jane Graber. Maddie creates these tiny pieces using a wheel she built herself, her fingers and a needle tool. Each piece is handcrafted and one-of-a-kind artisan miniature.

Madeline Gerig Shelly is a ceramic miniaturist and abstract expressionist painter from Goshen, Indiana. She grew up surrounded by dogs, her three older sisters and orchard trees, all of which continue to influence her and her work.

Gerig Shelly recently graduated from Goshen College with a B.A. in Fine Art. Over the course of her time at Goshen College she apprenticed with six artists across the United States and has received numerous awards for her work including the Maple Scholars Research Grant in 2017, in which she designed and built her own miniature pottery wheel. Gerig Shelly has also held a variety of positions in the arts, writing, and social work, serving as in roles such as resident volunteer in an Atlanta Catholic Worker House and as a preschool art teacher in Ayacucho, Peru. She and her husband Ben recently relocated to Buffalo, NY.

Each body has its ticks and quirks, creases, shrugs, inflections and smirks. Unknowingly, we reveal ourselves through our own visual language, a visual language that is built on our joys, traumas and impulses.

I am interested in capturing an imperfect gestural moment: a glimpse of authenticity. Sweeping strokes and quiet forms build the personality of each of my pieces and demonstrate my own search for authenticity and delight. I revel in the contrast between fine craft, precision and impulse.

My work is the process of searching for the root of something very human and very tender.

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