61B

Riding the 61B bus between Pittsburgh and Braddock, I see the same faces, the same tired afternoons, evenings, mid-nights. These mugs are in the North American Appalachian Face Jug tradition but with portraits taken from life. This collection of portraits is taken from sketches made of people riding the 61B bus between Pittsburgh, Apoalachia's biggest cultural center, and the post-steel cities on the Monongahela River. A mug is a personal object so a mug should be personal; there’s nothing more unique than a face, and nothing reflects the particular character of public transportation more than the faces of those on board.

This collection was made with potter Charlie Alessi.