July 18, 2024

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Dec. 7, 1901: Van Briggle Has Exhibit of Pottery

The Colorado Springs Gazette, on Dec. 8, 1901 announced that “Mr. A. Van Briggle who has lately established a pottery here, gave his first reception yesterday at 617 North Nevada, where a large collection of the beautiful vases was set out for the admiration of those who thronged the rooms. The collection included practically all […]

Van Briggle Glazes 1969-1988 by Jeff Stevenson, June 2021

Introduction1968 was an important year for the Van Briggle Pottery Company, as that was the year alloperations were consolidated at the 21st Street plant (located in the old Midland TerminalRailroad roundhouse) after the Memorial plant on Uintah Street was sold to Colorado College.The following year, 1969, was an important year for me personally, as it […]


Scan of p. 152, Van Briggle Notes. Souces were Colo.Spgs. Gazette, 9-14-1919 and “Roster of a Company RESERVE Watch, 8-20-1918 Disbanded: Gazette article, titled “RESERVED Watch Disband With Dinner at Club House” “Roster of a Company RESERVE Watch” includes 72 members & 9 on furlough or in service of USA. Related Images:

Sphinx Bookends!

Another advertisement in our book states the glazes of Orange, Copenhagen Blue & Green introduced in 1916. I have not seen Sphinx Bookends except in this advertisement. No design #. Dragonfly 12″ bowl is #912D; 8″ bowl is 903D. Vase, #838, is shown upside down! Acorn Bowl is design #670. Note the prices were not […]

March 1899 – Artus Van Briggle in Colorado Springs

Sometimes during any endeavor; it is helpful to step back, as though starting again, to see what you might have missed. There is rarely a day that someone does not contact us by text, IM, fb, email or phone with a question about Van Briggle Pottery. We love hearing from new VB enthusiasts! This is […]

DEEP SEA GLAZE, furnished by Natalie Unruh

Natalie Unruh furnished these photos from their collections. The bottom markings indicate the vase was produced in 2000. Dene Kiser was the glazier at that time for VBPCo. Although he refers to the glaze as Sea Green; VBPCo referred to it as DEEP SEA, as shown in the following brochure. It is a rich color […]

Undocumented Van Briggle shared by Steve Dana!

Steve Dana shared photos of this pottery, believed to be an undocumented early design by Van Briggle.  The height of the piece is 4 1/4″, the diameter at the opening 2 1/4″ and the interior has some wax which has not been removed.  The design size & shape is similar to #645, and the color […]


While Bob & I cannot attend this year; we strongly encourage everyone who can possibly do so, to attend. The 1908 Memorial Pottery building is unsurpassed, in my opinion, as a showplace of American Art Pottery & Tile in the United States.  The interior & exterior are covered with 5000+ vintage Van Briggle decorative as […]

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 […]