May 18, 2024

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!


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  1. Jon Thompson says

    I have a Van Briggle piece with a ” KF ” initials on the bottom along with the word original. Would you know who would have made that?

    • It is not in the Official Guide to Dating & Identification of Van Briggle Pottery.

      • Jeff Stevenson says

        Kent Fraser. I worked with him at VB from the late 1960’s until the late 1970’s (my dad owned the place, and from the late 70s until 1988, I was general manager and chief ceramist.) Kent was a good potter, and more importantly, a really nice guy.

        Jeff Stevenson

  2. I have a Lorelei in turquoise that says V8 CC2 on the bottom. I don’t see those initials in the book notes above. Can you help me?

    • CC was the etcher mark for Candy Curtis, who worked at the pottery until its close. She has since passed away from cancer. She did very fine detailing, and had distinctive handwriting.

  3. Daniel Erickson says

    I am a realtor in Colorado Springs and may be listing a house on N. Custer. I think that it may have a Van Briggle fireplace. How can I know for sure?

    • If you would like to send a photo, perhaps I could help. The date the home was built is also important. VBPCo made many decorative tile prior to 1930s for fireplaces. Most have been documented. Otherwise, plain “field” tile would be difficult to definitively ID. They have a distinctive back pattern, and V.B. or VBPCo. on most of them – but not all!!! I would gladly tell you if I have ever seen the tile pattern or color.

  4. Scott Slaughterbeck says

    I would love a copy of this book. Are they available?

    • Happy to hear you received one! I have no more. CSPM was the only other outlet for my books, as well as the 2015 Revised Catalogue of Van Briggle Designs by Robert Wyman Newton. When he & I worked on the update from his 1975 edition; we added almost 100 new designs. Of the 953 designs created from 1900-1912, primarily by Artus & Anne; there are about 100 since undocumented! We found 6 sitting on our shelves – so it pays to search the bottom of each piece for the Design # and other info.!

  5. Jennifer Schumaker says

    I have a black swan lamp with Van Briggle Colo Springs and what looks like a C F or CE.. any help?

    • Have you checked the VBPCo Catalogue of VB etcher/designer/potter marks printed on this web site? Brittany Stevenson compiled this information for 50 years of the pottery’s history. Unfortunately, little records remain for the first 50 years!

  6. Sherri Hardy says

    I don’t see the “ MLP” mark of Marge Price”
    I find her in many searches .The piece I have has her mark and also says “ handcrafted”
    Can someone help me with this? Thanks

  7. Melissa Armstrong says

    I have a Van Briggle set with the marking C. I don’t see anything about it…..

    • Clem Hull was a potter who used only a “C” as his mark, and then a conjoined CMH. Both should be in the information under potters’ marks on this web site.

  8. I have a piece with L D. The L is above the D, with a small line connecting them. Any idea on who or when it could’ve been made?

  9. Stephen Collins says

    I have a piece of Van Briggle with the V. B. Co. name and the letter “Z” below the name. The piece I would call a vase about 101/2” tall and about 10” at the widest point. It has a Black Matt glaze finish with Arum shaped leaves standing upright around the vase. Seven leaves in all with the stems touching the top of the rim of the base and the tips of the leaves about 1/2” below the rim. Would this be a production or artist piece? Thank you.

    • The last page of “Etchers” shows the above header “VB Guide ID” shows the name of Jennie Zega, who worked at VB 1983-1988. Each page may be enlarged by simply clicking on it. These records were copies by VBPCo, with permission.

  10. I have a piece with letters FW which I know is Fred Willis, but it also has EM which is not on the list, any help? I do believe this is late 1960’s or early 70’s

    • FW is Fred WILLS, not WILLIS. These are incorrectly listed for sale as WILLIS on ebay occasionally. The initials “EM” are ones not documented. The Official Guide to Dating & ID of VB Pottery is all the info furnished by VBPCo. I once asked Fred who was the “E” used on some of his originals, and that is the ONLY questions I asked him, to which he did not respond conclusively! Sorry

  11. Virginia (Corbin) Bennett says

    My wife inherited a pair (turquoise [?] short, roundish body – raised design with small lip)of Van Briggle ceramics. Her parents bought them from Van Briggle in Colorado Springs on their honeymoon in the early 1940’s. The bottom of each has the Van Briggle logo, Van Briggle, Colo Springs and an X. Any idea about when they were created?

  12. Linda Czarny says

    I have a cowboy hat in high gloss brown (not Anna Van) with initials CVB. Any idea who this etcher was? Thank you.

    • You indicate that you referenced the Official Guide to Dating & ID of VB Pottery. This is a list of all the etcher, glazer, potter info furnished by VBPCo. There is a CD indicating Clara Beyers from 1989-1997. A photo would be beneficial to furnish.

  13. Patricia Stephens says

    I have a mulberry “Tulip” thats signed HVM. May i have this artist?

    • The Official Guide to Dating & Identification of Van Briggle Pottery – which you referenced, gives the information of Hilde Manuszak as an etcher between 1988-2002.

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