Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown (1942-2016) was a renowned stoneware folk potter who lived and worked in Hamilton, Marion County. He was from a family that had been engaged in pottery making in the South since the late eighteenth century, and he used traditional manufacturing techniques, including a mule-drawn mill for mixing clay. In 1992, the National Endowment for the Arts named Brown a National Heritage Fellow in recognition of his contributions to the nation's traditional arts heritage. The Northwest Alabama Arts Council sponsors the annual Jerry Brown Arts Festival, an indoor juried arts event, in Hamilton on the first weekend of March.

Courtesy of the Alabama State Council on the Arts/Alabama Center for Traditional Culture