“There are few southern states whose clay has not been touched by this amazing dynasty of peripatetic potters . . . “  John A. Burrison, “Brothers in Clay”, copyright 1983, page 166 BROWN POTTERS From the mid 1700’s through today, The Brown family has produced more potters than any other family in America - over 30 now.  We are, unquestionably, America’s oldest and largest continuously operating pottery family.  From Virgina to South Carolina to Georgia; from Georgia to North Carolina; back to South Carolina and to Florida; to Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and Montana.  One can not speak of Southern folk pottery or the pottery tradition in  America without having the name “Brown” in the conversation. More states and more potteries have been worked in by members of the Brown family than most all the others put together - a proud history that continues today. From the beginning, this family has not been what one thinks of as “typical” folk potters - ones who worked only part-time, usually out of a shed or their barn, to produce a few of the items used around the farm and home - crocks, churns, pitchers, jugs, bowls, plates, mugs and the other items needed by the family and neighbors.  (Having said that, my cousin, Jerry Brown, down in Hamilton, Alabama, is probably the only folk potter left in the country - he is still grinding clay with a mule.) They were potters - it was their full-time job - sometimes working in their own potteries but many times working for others, traveling from pottery to pottery.  They were paid by the amount of pottery they made - usually counted as the number of gallons of ware turned in a day. This site is dedicated to, and in honor of, all those family members and to put forth a little of what I know of the family and having been raised at my Grandpa’s pottery - Brown’s Pottery, Arden, NC.  Enjoy - Jim Brown     

      WILLIAM BROWN 1784-1851

 

     BOWLING BROWN 1806-1892

 

   WILLIAM S. BROWN 1832-1900

 

   THOMAS O. BROWN 1833-1875

 

          JOHN S. BROWN 1838-?

 

      BOWLING P. BROWN 1842-?

 

      WILLIAM E. BROWN 1855-?

 

    ULYSSES A. BROWN 1858-1933

 

        CHARLES BROWN 1865-?

 

     JAMES O. BROWN 1866-1929

 

   EDWARD C. BROWN 1870-1944

 

        RUFUS T. BROWN 1872-?

 

MILLARD B. BROWN 1877-1958

 

WILLIAM O. BROWN 1887-1966

 

CHARLES R. BROWN 1889-1959

 

 HORACE V. BROWN 1889-1959

 

     DAVIS P. BROWN 1895-1967

 

 EVAN JAVAN BROWN 1897-1980

 

JAMES OTTO BROWN 1899-1980

 

     RUFUS E. BROWN 1899-?

 

  HORACE E. BROWN 1933-?

 

 JAMES E. BROWN 1917-1993

 

   EVAN JAVAN BROWN, JR.

 

  JAMES E. BROWN, Jr. 1940-

 

JERRY DOLYN BROWN 1943-

 

    CHARLES D. BROWN

 

     ROBERT D. BROWN

BROWN’S POTTERY - from the inside