May 23, 2018

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 […]

Beautiful 1902, #74, previously uncatalogued!!!

Beautiful 1902, #74, previously uncatalogued!!!

This design will be recorded under the “First 900+ Designs” section of this web site for collector reference.  Thanks to Steve for sharing his beautiful design, and to Gordon for sending the photos!!!  All collectors benefit from your willingness to share – much appreciated!  

VB Tea Pot “Electric Stove” with Patented Heating Coil

This set belongs to my daughter, Anna Honea-Wyatt.  We had seen one in Persian Rose in 2011 at a show in Wichita, but it was not for sale.  The patent number on the bottom was intriguing because it was 1906, and the Van Briggle date of the teapot production was 1918.  In the past year, a third […]