Maker's Marks Bios: Bryan Brown
At Portland Growler Company we partner with studios that care about nurturing their employees creative passions. Our ceramic production partner, Mudshark Studios exemplifies this sort of partnership. The creative endeavors, experience and contributions of each member of the team that produces our growlers can be seen in each and every growler they make. Take a look at the bottom of your growler to see the initials of that growler's maker; maker's marks are our way of helping you put a face with a name and show you what true handcrafted quality means to us. We recently visited with our team at Mudshark and we asked each artist the same questions about life, beer, and art and we'll be introducing you to them here.
Meet Bryan Brown. Bryan glazes the growlers once they've been bisqued. While you won't find his initials on the bottom of your growler, chances are pretty good he was one of the talented folks responsible for glazing it.
Name: Bryan Brown
Hometown: Salem, OR
I took a lot of art classes in Community college and went to PSU for a little bit to study art. I’ve been into sculptural work lately and previously I worked in a dental lab making teeth.
How did you get started at Mudshark?
I started in August of 2012 and I actually grew up with Craig (one of PGC's owners). I had just moved to Portland and discovered Mudshark Studios. When I realized Craig was working here, I connected with him and he introduced me to Brett and Chris. Obviously, I got the job.
What’s Your Favorite Beer or Beverage to Fill Your Growler
I haven’t filled my growler much yet, but my favorite beer is Red Chair by Deschutes.
Why do you like working in clay?
I’ve always liked making things and have been into art my whole life. I really enjoy getting my hands in stuff and creating. Clay is a good medium for that.
What are your goals as an artist/maker?
That's a good question. I have been bouncing around between mediums. I’m not really sure where it’s going yet.
If you could share a growler fill with anyone in the world (alive or dead) who would it be and why?