About the Artists

Anne and H.J. Brown

River Water Pottery is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in a town called Three Rivers. Three Rivers is a gateway town to Sequoia National Park. The studio overlooks the South Fork of the Kaweah River and is surrounded by nature which is the inspiration for many of the colors and shapes reflected in the pottery. Leaves, flowers, trees, and animals find their way into the wheel thrown shapes made by Anne on the potter’s wheel. H.J.’s creations are hand-built, usually starting as a flat piece of clay from the slab roller. Sometimes their work is collaborative – leaves impressed and cut by H.J., then glazed by Anne. The Ikebana “leaf frogs” are just such a collaboration – leaves created by hand and then a wheel thrown pot attached to hold the flowers.

The studio was built in 1996, a year when Anne and H.J. were still living and working in Los Angeles and commuting to Three Rivers on weekends. As retirement rolled around in 2008 Anne and H.J. had more time and energy to devote to their pottery and the inventory grew. Visit our Galleries page to see the list of stores and art galleries that currently carry River Water Pottery. 

The pieces are mostly functional. All are food safe and can be used in oven, microwave, or dishwasher. The glazes are all lead free and non-toxic. Many of the pieces have recipe ideas and/or accessories for use attached. Anne and H.J. are especially pleased when they learn that someone uses their work in their homes as a part of their daily lives.

The Browns like to travel the country and visit other potteries and studios for new ideas to try. Also, many ideas come from customers and retailers. It’s still great fun to make the traditional and functional shapes we are known for, but the quest for new concepts keeps things growing and changing.

We hope you are enjoying your River Water Pottery as much as we enjoy making it.