Josh Brown made his first mug in kindergarten. After a brief hiatus for grade school, Josh returned to clay at Frank B. Kellogg High School in St. Paul, Minnesota. Working as the pottery teacher’s helper, he mixed clay and glazes, loaded kilns, and spent lots of time at the wheel. After high school, Josh hitchhiked all over the U.S., visiting all of the states except Hawaii. At the University of Minnesota, Josh studied with some great potters, including Warren McKenzie.
While working at a recording studio and playing in a band, he continued with clay at community extension classes and primitive pit firing at home. By a stroke of luck, Josh was apprenticed to Chris R. Smith, a Master potter in lovely Pequot Lakes, MN. Living in an un insulated room tacked on to an old barn, many lessons were learned and any illusions of an easy life were dispelled. When the pottery closed, Josh went back to school and got a degree in electronic technology, then slaved for one evil master after another. Getting married led to travel in Central America and living in Argentina for a year or so, ending up inexplicably in Frostburg, Maryland. Upon meeting Jackie Brown, (no relation), the Diva of Clay at FSU, Josh quickly got back into clay and became a professional potter in ' 91.
Largely working with stoneware clay, Josh makes functional pots for everyday use, but also produces porcelain pots covered with a jewel-like crystalline glaze.