A Harvest jug is a type of jug made from slipware, with decoration carved through stained clay layers.[1] They are named for their use to carry ale or cider at harvest time.[1][2]

The technique for carving the decoration is known as sgraffito, from the Italian for 'scratched'.[1]

They are traditional in the south-west of England, especially the ports of Barnstaple and Bideford in north Devon and Donyatt in Somerset.[1] They are still made.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Harvest jug". British Museum. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  2. ^ a b "06/02/2012". Inside Out (South West). 6 February 2012. BBC. Retrieved 6 February 2012.