A national treasure was laid to rest this past week in Hamilton, Ala. Jerry Brown, known for his unique style of handmade pottery, died Friday February 4th after a brief illness. He was 73. 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. For a complete biography of Jerry click here. Below is a gallery of photos I have made of Jerry over the years. The pictures were made in Northport at the Kentuck Festival of the Arts and in Hamilton. The pictures in Hamilton were made at Jerry’s shop and at the Jerry Brown Arts Festival, an art festival that was started in 2003 and named for Jerry.
Michael E. Palmer is a writer and photographer based in Alabama.
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