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Joe Brown

(n.d.) lives in Readyville
Music Stand, 2003
hand-forged iron, 45 x 24 x 15 inches, 2003.112.2

The technique of heating metal and forming it into works of art was the intriguing factor that led Brown to become a blacksmith. For over twenty years, he has continued to be inspired by nature, which is reflected in much of his work.

The challenge of designing and creating a piece to meet a specific need is Joe’s motivation for continuing this craft. Creating ironwork that gives others enjoyment while serving a purpose is his most satisfying work. Joe uses the traditional method of heating metal in a forge and forming the metal with hammer and anvil. This method has a long history of providing ironwork from its most simplistic form to the most ornate. As Joe continues in the tradition, he seeks to establish his unique designs to be both visually pleasing and functional.

In 2019, Brown was commissioned to create the award given out by the Governor Bill Lee at the Governor’s Arts Awards ceremony. Recipients included Charlie Daniel, Joanna Higgs Ross, Brenda Lee, Richard Penniman (Little Richard), Janice Birchfield, Hattie Marshall-Duncan, Sally Wells, Sue Williams, Rich Boyd, Linda Caldwell, Ashley Capps, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Learn more about the award Brown created.