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Artus Van Briggle moved to Colorado in 1899 and founded his own pottery. He was hampered with ill health, but accomplished more in the short period prior to his death on July 4, 1904 than most can comprehend. Perhaps it was a combination of his immeasurable talent and his extreme ambition in knowing his life was to be cut short that enabled him to accomplish the foundation of a pottery that has continued now for 112 years.
Van Briggle Pottery endured the decades while most of the American potteries did not. Certainly the death of its founder four years after the inception of the pottery, and the financial collapse and exit of his widow another eight years afterward, were not optimal conditions for any business to continue. The pottery has stood the tests of wars, economic depression and certainly changes in artistic style. Yet, Van Briggle Pottery and its basic form as well as magnificent glazes are timeless. That does not need to be explained to avid fans and collectors of Van Briggle!