The FAC houses an impressive amount of Van Briggle pottery, and the last time we had a full-scale exhibition was in 1975! You can view a small glimpse of the collection in the hallway leading to the security corridor. A challenge for a Van Briggle collector is identifying the validity of the pieces, as Van Briggle signage (found on the underside of the pots) is inconsistent through the years of production.
Here's a glimpse into Van Briggle history via PPLD's Photograph Archives:
|Artus Van Briggle, founder of Van Briggle Pottery.|
Artus moved to Colorado Springs from Ohio due to
his worsening tuberculosis condition.
|A Van Briggle Master Potter, Ambrose Schlegel,|
works at the wheel. Schlegel worked there from
|Artus' wife, Anne Van Briggle, who collaborated on|
designs and helped create pottery. Artus died at age 35,
and Anne re-married and sold the Van Briggle
company and moved to Denver to pursue painting.
|A detail of the Van Briggle pottery building.|
It is now a historical landmark, noted for its special
|Men tending to the furnace in the Van Briggle Potter building.|