Jerry Dolyn Brown, American pottery artist, Dead


Jerry Dolyn Brown was born in 1942 and died on March 4, 2016.

He was an American folk artist and traditional stoneware pottery maker.

The pottery artist resided and worked in Hamilton, Alabama.

In 1992, he was the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship award and 2003 recipient of the Alabama Folk Heritage Award.

Jerry Brown had numerous showings have included the 1984 Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife with his uncle, potter Gerald Stewart.

Jerry Brown was a ninth generation traditional potter.

He was the son of Horace Vincent “Jug” Brown and Hettie Mae Stewart Brown.

Brown learned his art in childhood but had to give it up following the deaths of his older brother Jack and his father in 1964 and 1965.

Jerry Brown worked in logging for nearly twenty years but then aided by his wife Sandra, his uncle Gerald Stewart and other family members was able to return to art in the early 1980s, building his studio from an old barn.

Gerald, who particularly helped him re-learn techniques he had forgotten during the years in logging and it was Gerald who went with him to the Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife.

Sandra and Brown continue to work together.

Sandra was responsible for much of the glazing, finishing, and marketing, as well as much of the sculpture of the faces on the face jugs.

Also, she has the reputation of being “the most active female folk potter in Alabama”.

Jerry Brown passed away in Tupelo, Mississippi after a brief illness.