August 5, 2021

Glazes

 

EARLIEST KNOWN LIST OF VAN BRIGGLE GLAZE COLORS

Assumed to be in use by Artus & then Anne, prior to 1913.

Other glaze examples, years of introduction & discontinuance – if known; and examples of each glaze name, may be accessed through the drop-down menu of Glaze Color Categories:  

DEEP SEA GLAZE, introduced in 2000

Very Similar Glaze, introduced in 1916 as COPENHAGEN BLUE; in use since 1898 by Artus, & 1903 by VBPCo

DEEP SEA GLAZE, introduced 2000 (re-formulated to match the original 1898 Lorelei), made by Artus Van Briggle at home in Cincinnati in 1898.  It is labeled only “A. Van Briggle, 1898.”  Designed & fired at his home in Cincinnati, it was never presented as a Rookwood piece.  While Artus was studying abroad; however, it was exhibited by Rookwood Pottery as an original by Artus Van Briggle.

VBPCo Brochure for 2000 introduction of Reproduction of 1898 Lorelei

Natalie Unruh furnished the top 3 photos from their collections. The last photo is a VBPCo brochure. Dene Kiser was the glazier during 2000 (the Van Briggle Centennial year) when he developed the glaze he calls Sea Green. In the VBPCo brochure, they refer to it as Deep Sea. The brochure tells the story of VBPCo recreating the glaze of one of Artus’ original 1898 Lorelei forms, made by him at home in Cincinnati, while working at Rookwood. Since the piece was creating at his home & home kiln, it was not signed by Rookwood, but only “A.Van Briggle, 1898.” Rookwood, did however; display the piece in their booth at an early exposition, while Artus was studying abroad.

A very similar, if not identical glaze was one Artus used on some of his early Van Briggle designs. Another collector has a #157 Yucca Seed Pods vase in what appears to be the same glaze.