Of Mules And Mud : The Story Of Alabama Folk potter Jerry Brown

University of Alabama Press

Of Mules And Mud : The Story Of Alabama Folk potter Jerry Brown

By Joey Brackner, published 2022

The life and times of Alabama folk potter Jerry Brown, as told in his own words

Born in 1942, Jerry Brown helped out in his father’s pottery shop as a young boy. There he learned the methods and techniques for making pottery in a family tradition dating back to the 1830s. His responsibilities included tending the mule that drove the mill that was used to mix clay (called “mud” by traditional potters). 

Jerry Brown (1942–2016) was an American folk artist and traditional stoneware pottery maker who lived and worked in Hamilton, Alabama. He was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1992 and the Alabama Folk Heritage Award in 2003.

Joey Brackner began his role as Alabama state folklorist in 1985 and served as director of the Alabama Center for Traditional Culture from 2003 until his retirement in 2021. He is coproducer of Unbroken Tradition, a documentary film about Jerry Brown, and author of Alabama Folk Pottery. Since 2013, he has served as host of the Alabama Public Television series Journey Proud.

Softcover, 6" x 9.25", 136 pages, 60 Color Figures, 21 B&W Figures