June 24, 2019

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Sat., Sept. 14, 2019 – V.B. 1908 Memorial Pottery Tours!

You could visit this magnificent building once in a lifetime, every year, or even every day and still leave in awe of its magnificence!  Then you are overwhelmed by the reality that it was created by the widow of  Artus Van Briggle, in his honor and memory. Save the Date! Saturday, September 14th 2019! 9am-3pm, […]

Van Briggle Brochure – post 1912

Van Briggle Original Brochure – post 1912  Why do we think so? This brochure was copied years ago in a slightly larger format, with a green cover; and sold on ebay.   It has been said to have been produced originally in 1907.  This cannot be the case:  (1) Design numbers are included that were not […]

LEARN MORE WITH AN X-RAY! Exquisite #204 details…

  Courtesy of Brian Goldenman:  These are photos of his newly acquired Design #204, dated 1903.   Due to the bottom glaze partially obscuring the marks of this piece; Brian chose to have an x-ray taken.  The Double-A, Van Briggle, date of 1903 & Roman Numeral III clay type; are all clearly visible in the handwriting attributed […]

“PLAIN” Designs by Ambrose Schlegel…anything but PLAIN!

Early “Plain” Designs attributed to Ambrose Schlegel Collection & Photo Courtesy of  Malcolm MacFarlane L to R:  Original signed by A. Schlegel, Mulberry glaze; #83 previously undocumented, Dark Green matte glaze, 1902, 4.75″ height; #426, 1905,  Green matte curdled glaze, 9″ height, dark clay; #416 Mustard matte glaze with Green over spray around the top, 1905, […]

Van Briggle Pottery Festival, Sept. 15, 2018

Van Briggle Pottery Festival & Tour –  Sept 15, 2018 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 1125 Glen Avenue, Colorado Springs One-hour walking tours begin every 20 minutes, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tours are $15, & free for children under 14 who are accompanied by an adult. Dedicated on 12-3-1908 by Anne Van Briggle, in memory […]

Van Briggle TURTLE, FLOWER FROG, dated 1915!!

      Just when you think you have seen everything!  A “lovely” turtle, in Van Briggle green glaze, dated 1915.  You have to wonder how many of these were produced.  J. Emma Kinkead designed most of the animal bookends; and I would think first of her as being the designer of the turtle too!  […]

May 19, 1908 – 110 years ago!

The Colorado Springs Gazette stated, “The first kiln of the Van Briggle Pottery was drawn & reported very successful.  More than 600 pieces were in the first kiln.”     Page 143, Van Briggle Notes & More The kilns at the 1908 Memorial Pottery were in use from May 19, 1908; however, the official Dedication of […]

Collector Shares a V.B. Treasure!!

Stanley Goff recently posted on facebook, photos of a very handsome LION statue, in what appears to be the Van Briggle turquoise glaze.  That post set the Van Briggle facebook group on fire!! Stanley obtained the piece several years ago from an Ohio antique mall.  The piece is 10″ x 4″ x 6.75″ height.  The […]

The Official Guide to Dating & Identification of Van Briggle Pottery

Reprinted with permission of Brittany Stevenson, Van Briggle Art Pottery Co., Inc., copyright 2005 for the benefit of all Van Briggle Collectors! CLICK ON ANY PAGE TO ENLARGE

Fred Wills, VB Master Potter

A Dedication of Memorial Plaque to Fred Wills was installed on Sept 9, 2017.  It was placed on the wall of Anne Van Briggle’s Studio in the Memorial Pottery building. Fred began his career at this same location in 1947, having been recommended by his uncle, Otis Wills. Fred learned from Clem Hull, how to […]