I loved making mud pies as a kid, so I guess I was destined to work in clay! From those early mud pies, I went on to receive a BFA in Studio Ceramics from California State University, Long Beach in 1976.
Pat Brown won a first place ribbon in the 2009 Hillcrest Festival for this piece, entitled 'Spirals'.
My current work is slabbuilt with wheelthrown additions in some pieces. Decorative additions are done by adding clay for texture or pattern in the forming stage and/or adding color in the glazing process. White clay (porcelain, white stoneware or white earthenware) is used when bright, clean colors are appropriate and red clay is used when an earthy, natural look is desired.
In 1989, I was invited to exhibit my work in the Umpqua Valley Arts Association`s First Annual National Invitational Multi-media Show, which featured 18 artists and one Guild`s work. The Show review was written by Irene Zenev and included the following quote about my work:
"Patricia Brown`s fresh approach to porcelain is heartwarming in this age of look-a-like pottery. Her hinged lid boxes are charming and original."
I continued to sell my work through the Oregon Gallery until 2003. I have sold in Galleries in California and Oregon and have won awards in numerous Juried Exhibits in the Southern California area, including La Mirada Festival of the Arts, Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts and the Whittier Art Gallery.
In addition to being an active producing Clay Artist, I am also Curator at the Whittier Art Gallery
in Whittier, California. The Gallery is open 12-5 pm Wednesday - Sunday and is free to the public.
Pat Brown participated in the 'Nothing Over $99' show at the Whittier Art Gallery in January of 2010