Memory Jug #5

Maddy Inez Leeser

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Text from the artist:  I started making memory jugs in 2020 while meditating on generational magic. My grandmother has a collection of memory jugs in her house–– vases, jugs, chairs adorned with objects. The tradition of the jugs memorializes the dead with objects associated with their life. They are also called spirit jars and memory vessels. Collecting has always been a part of my family's tradition, seeing the history and value of an object based on the spirits and energies that have encountered it. The work represents fleeting moments in my studio, collections of reclaimed clay, coils and broken scraps. They memorialize my gestures that are imbued in the clay as physical traces of my touch.

Materials: Glazed stoneware

8 1⁄2” x 6 1⁄2” x 6 1⁄2”
Made in 2022 


Maddy Inez Leeser is a multidisciplinary artist working in sculpture, ceramics and printmaking. Maddy attended the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon and currently resides in Los Angeles. Through her work Maddy uses the elements of earth, water and fire to investigate themes of transformation and healing. Drawing inspiration from mythology, generational magic, and herbal practices she processes trauma through clay.