Welcome to Brown Pottery & Sons!

Jerry Brown and Blue the Mule. Photo courtesy of Smithsonian American Art Museum, March 2008.

Welcome

Welcome to JerryBrownPottery.com! If you love history, if you love art, and if you love something "different," you’ve come to the right place!

Stop and visit awhile online with us. Do a little shopping while you’re here. But even better than that, come visit us at Brown Pottery & Sons. Sit a spell. Make your picture with Blue. Watch tenth-generation potter Jeff Wilburn turn pieces of pottery. Take a tour with Sandra. In the springtime, enjoy the nearly 200 purple martins who call Brown Pottery & Sons home.

History

In 1992, Jerry Brown was awarded the National Heritage Fellowship and currently has five pieces of pottery on exhibit in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. The Alabama State Council on the Arts awarded the Alabama Folk Heritage Award to him in 2003. Also, in 2003, the Jerry Brown Arts Festival was created in his hometown of Hamilton, a juried arts festival which has been recognized as a Top 20 event in the Southeastern U.S.

"Everything about the pottery business has art to it. There's art to making it, art to finding the right kind of clay, art ... to getting it mixed up to the right temperance, getting all the lumps ground out of it, and there's art to stacking it. There's art to firing it ... without breaking a lot of it ... The pottery business is one of the oldest trades in the world ... people come to my shop and say 'I believe I could do that.' And I tell them 'There's another wheel over there ... and they get in there and play with it and (then) they say, 'it’s not as simple as it looks.'" Jerry Brown 1985

Courtesy: Alabama Department of Tourism