Brown’s Pottery an Alabama Maker with a national legacy

Jerry Brown is shown in a photograph which is featured above his pottery in the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

(Writer’s note: Sandra Brown and the late-Jerry Brown were featured in the Alabama NewsCenter’s “Alabama Makers” section on Monday, July 15. The article featured a gallery of photos and a short video. The Journal Record is running the article by courtesy of Alabama Power. SJ)

Sandra Brown loves to tell the story of Jerry Brown—not just because she was married to him, but because he loved people and loved making pottery.
“He loved it,” she said. “He loved every minute of it, coming over here and doing faces and coming up with things to do. It was his life.”
Jerry Brown died in 2016, but Sandra and her son, Jeff Wilburn, are keeping Jerry’s legacy alive at their family studio in Hamilton, a place Jerry put on the national map in 1992 when he was awarded the National Heritage Fellowship. Samples of his work, including his signature face jugs, are  preserved in the Smithsonian American Art Museum  in Washington, D.C.
“I’ve had a lot of people come in here and say they’ve seen it,” she said.


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