May 26, 2019

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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!!!

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 […]

Van Briggle 1959 “Rush to the Rockies” Centennial Design discovered

Van Briggle Glazed Pottery Covered Wagon Produced in 1959 for the “Rush to the Rockies” Centennial A 1959 news article from the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph explains that the covered wagon piece, reminiscent of the days of 1859, when gold discoveries caused a rush of people to Pikes Peak Country; was produced by Van Briggle […]

Table of Contents for Van Briggle Notes

The new printing of the Van Briggle Notes book contains an additional two pages – Table of Contents.  For those who purchased an earlier copy of the book, the two pages are reproduced for your convenience.

New Turtle Information!

Turtle Note Card Holder advertised for 75 cents circa 1914!! When referencing some copies of old photos, whose prices matched a 1914 advertisement in the Colorado Springs Gazette, a close-up of one photo revealed a picture of this turtle note card holder, selling for 75 cents!!

Van Briggle Pottery Crew – December 2011

INTRODUCING THE MOLDER, GLAZIER & ETCHER FOR 2011 VAN BRIGGLE ART PIECES! Left:  Ned Tonge – Ned pours the molds and manages the production. Center:  Candy Curtis – Candy etches the pieces & applies the special finishing touches. Right:  Gary Dhondt – Gary does the expert job of glazing the pieces & adding the over […]