Samuel Monroe Brown grew up in Duncan, North Carolina, located in the southern Sandhills of the piedmont region. He spent six years in Boone, North Carolina where he finished his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Appalachian State University focusing in Ceramics. Recently, he was involved at The Clay Studio in the Work Exchange Program in Philadelphia, PA assisting workshops and refining his craft. Samuel has had exhibitions at The Clay Studio, in Philadelphia, PA, The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, Blowing Rock, NC, and The Smith Gallery in Boone, NC.
Samuel’s work investigates the connection between landscapes in the natural world and technologically constructed worlds of the digital age. The cultural connections to historical pottery within the context of region and place are a primary focus within his work. While the vessels he creates do not literally imply utility, surface and multi-fired glazes act as a way of glorifying fantastical environments. The language of the color and organic elements presented in his work attempts to portray the world personified within the ever-advancing contemporary age.