July 22, 2018

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

Official Guide to Dating & ID of Van Briggle Pottery

Much appreciation to Brittany Stevenson & Van Briggle Art Pottery Co., Inc.  in permitting the reprint of this official guide, copyrighted in 2005; for the benefit of all collectors!!       

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 […]

1908 Van Briggle Memorial Pottery Tour 9-9-17

Annual Tour by Colorado College The Van Briggle Memorial Pottery was dedicated 12-3-1908, built in the memory of Artus Van Briggle, by his wife Anne.  Located at Uintah & Glen in Colorado Springs, the magnificent building is covered inside and out with over 5000 hand-made tile. Van Briggle Pottery Co. owned and operated the building […]

Van Briggle 1908 Memorial Pottery Open House

Van Briggle Display in Artus’ Home State

Throughout December, 2015; a special Van Briggle display showcase will be featured in the Claremont County Administration Building, 101 E. Main, Batavia, Ohio, 45103. Artus was born in Felicity, Ohio in 1869.  Claremont is the county seat for Felicity.  Their is an active historical society group in Felicity, Ohio.  They have been asked to assemble […]

PREFERRED EMAIL CONTACT ADDRESS!!

I am back online after more than 2 years, and regret being unable to access emails sent through this web site for the last 2 years.  In the future, anyone may contact me through my personal email    KHonea77@aol.com      I do try and answer all emails within 24 hours, and enjoy seeing photos […]

Sept. 2015 Tour of Van Briggle Memorial Pottery

September 12 was the annual tour of the Van Briggle 1908 Memorial Pottery in Colo. Spgs.  The event is hosted annually by the Women’s Education Society of Colorado College, and serves as a fundraiser toward their scholarship efforts. More than 400 people toured the beautiful building, covered with over 5000 Van Briggle tile, both inside […]

Back online!!!

I have been unable to access my website for over 2 years!!  In the summer of 2013, I was contacted by the web site host, saying that the site administrator of a non-profit (which shall remain nameless) had attempted to change my password to my site.  Any attempt to contact that organization, culminated in denial. […]

DRAGON Van Briggle Lamp

This lamp found us, instead of us finding the lamp.  It had resided in Okla. City for several years.  We have no recollection of having seen another, or any vintage brochure featuring such a design. Mid-July, we visited Colorado Springs, and once again called upon the expertise of Fred Wills, who was a potter at […]

First 953 Designs from 1900-1912

Collectors have been very cooperative in sending photos of their early pieces, with photos of the bottom markings. This has been a very, very slow process of attempting to develop a web page for each of the 953 designs. At some future point, I hope to have this project completed with photos for all to […]

Indian Chief Expression – 1 of 3

Terra Cotta or Bisque Paperweight with Design from Indian Chief Vase, dated 1913 This paperweight is made from one of the three facial expressions on the Indian Chief Vase, discussed in the previous post. Has anyone seen one of these plaques/paperweights with images of the other two facial expressions from the vase? Has an example […]

Ambrose Schlegel credited with Indian Chief Vase

American Indian Chief Vase with Three Expressions Does anyone possess one of these vases dated prior to 1914?  Copied from the Van Briggle Pottery files, with permission while researching our book, is a letter dated 1967 regarding the origin of this design.  The owner of the pottery from 1920 to 1969 was J. H. Lewis, […]

Origin of the “Monkey Mug”

The inspiration to model the “Monkey Mug” came from one Van Briggle collector’s trip to Mexico City in the spring of 1974.  While visiting the Museum of Anthropology, Robert Wyman Newton was impressed with the use animals in the pre-Colombian artifacts, and in particular, a vase carved in the shape of a monkey. Mr. Newton […]

Design #809 by Mae Cook in 1910

One of six designs by Mae Cook for Van Briggle Pottery from 1909 – 1910.  This tray is listed in the Catalogue of Van Briggle Designs, by Robert Wyman Newton, as an ashtray without known dimensions. This example is in the early Mulberry color, and dimensions are 4 x 6 inches, with a pipe and […]

Van Briggle Memorial Pottery Annual Tour by Colorado College

Saturday, September 15, 2012, the Women’s Educational Society of Colorado College will be hosting a tour of the Van Briggle Memorial Pottery located at 1125 Glen Ave. in Colorado Springs. The building was built by Anne Van Briggle to honor her deceased husband Artus Van Briggle.  Dedication was held on December 3, 1908.  The building […]