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Face Jug Pottery – Charlie Brown Keeping a 8th Generation Going

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You could say that Charlie Brown was born to become a potter. He has worked in his family business, Brown’s Pottery for most of his life. Brown’s Pottery first opened its doors starting in 1924 when Charlie’s grandfather the late Davis P. Brown started making “ugly face jugs”, bowls and other pottery artworks.

In fact, the Browns have been making their signature face jug pottery longer than any other pottery venture in the country…few family businesses can boast of being in operation after 6 years, let alone 86!

Today Brown’s Pottery is owned and operated by Charles and his wife Jeannette. It’s Charlie who is the 8th generation potter that produces all of the handcrafted wares for the shop, while its his wife Jeannette who finishes, glazes and fires all their fabulous art pieces.

While faces have appeared on all types of pottery for centuries, in American crafts, “face jugs” were first believed to have been created by African-American slaves to serve as grave markers to chase away “evil spirits”.

Later on this art of making “ugly face” jugs spread throughout the Southern states, and where it became a part of Charlie Brown’s family heritage.

Charlie is well…okay I’ll say it, slightly famous for his face jugs, as part of the American Crafts Week celebration hosted at our own Mountain Made art gallery, he will be demonstrating his pottery making techniques on Friday evening, Oct 1, 2010 from 5pm-8pm.

Drop in during our gallery reception and take advantage of this opportunity to meet this exceptional artist in person.

You could say that Charlie Brown was born to become a potter. He has worked in his family business, Brown’s Pottery for most of his life. Brown’s Pottery first opened its doors starting in 1924 when Charlie’s grandfather the late Davis P. Brown started making “ugly face jugs”, bowls and other pottery artworks.

In fact, the Browns have been making their signature face jug pottery longer than any other pottery venture in the country…few family businesses can boast of being in operation after 6 years, let alone 86!

Today Brown’s Pottery is owned and operated by Charles and his wife Jeannette. It’s Charlie who is the 8th generation potter that produces all of the handcrafted wares for the shop, while its his wife Jeannette who finishes, glazes and fires all their fabulous art pieces.

While faces have appeared on all types of pottery for centuries, in American crafts, “face jugs” were first believed to have been created by African-American slaves to serve as grave markers to chase away “evil spirits”.

Later on this art of making “ugly face” jugs spread throughout the Southern states, and where it became a part of Charlie Brown’s family heritage.

Charlie is well…okay I’ll say it, slightly famous for his face jugs, as part of the American Crafts Week celebration hosted at our own Mountain Made art gallery, he will be demonstrating his pottery making techniques on Friday evening, Oct 1, 2010 from 5pm-8pm.

Drop in during our gallery reception and take advantage of this opportunity to meet this exceptional artist in person.

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