Photo courtesy of Smithsonian American Art Museum, March 2008
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!
Located in the northwest Alabama city of Hamilton, Jerry Brown Pottery is the only known mule-powered pug mill still operating in
the United States. Ninth-generation potter Jerry Brown and his mule, Blue, mix and grind the clay used to make his unique
and one-of-a-kind pieces of pottery.
How often do you get the chance to sit down and visit with a real-life celebrity? No, not Blue the mule, but Jerry Brown!
In 1992, Jerry 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.
Stop and visit awhile online with us. Do a little shopping while you’re here. But even better than that, come visit us at
Jerry Brown Pottery. Sit a spell. Make your picture with Blue. Watch Jerry turn pieces of pottery. Take a tour with Sandra.
In the springtime, enjoy the nearly 200 purple martins who call Jerry Brown Pottery home. And if you’re lucky, you might even
persuade Jerry to tell a story or two while you’re here!
"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
|Jerry Brown Arts Festival||Northwest Alabama Arts Council
Council on the Arts"