Van Briggle Pottery – Mountain Crag Brown Glaze

Below is a guest post from noted Van Briggle author and collector Kathy Honea

Described in Van Briggle early literature as a glaze containing the browns and greens found in a mountain crag, this glaze consists of a rich honey-brown with over spray of a medium-bright green.

Although certainly numerous shades of brown and green glazes were produced within the first decade of Van Briggle pottery production, this particular combination of these specific colors was prevalent in the 1920s until the mid-1930s period. Historically, the story has been repeated that the formulas for these colors were lost in the flood of 1935; which destroyed the east side of the Van Briggle Memorial Pottery building, and swept pottery, molds and written documents into the adjacent river.

Two different Van Briggle sales postcards, dating to the early 1920s; depict Van Briggle design examples, and list the glazes available as: Mulberry, Turquoise Blue and Mountain Crag Brown. These same three glaze colors were also listed in early brochures.Van Briggle Mountain Crag Brown

A few pottery examples from the 1950s have mysteriously surfaced in the Mountain Crag Brown glaze. This has been explained by Fred Wills, Van Briggle potter from 1947 to 1988, who corroborated that a potter who had worked in the 1930s and remained at Van Briggle Pottery into the 1950s, did prepare the Mountain Crag Brown glazes once and fired some pieces for sale. Fred Wills explains that potters preparing glazes multiple times, would have the formulas memorized and it would not be unusual for them to be able to reproduce them years later.

For some unknown reason, the name of the Mountain Crag Brown glaze was later incorrectly repeated as “Mountain Craig Brown” and stories even surfaced that the glaze may have been named after the Colorado painter, Charles Craig. Two previous Van Briggle authors have agreed that the perpetuation of the “Mountain Craig Brown” name has been in error.

Although commonly, but incorrectly, still referred to as “Mountain Craig Brown” we can definitely state that the early literature named the popular glaze “Mountain Crag Brown” and even elaborated the rationale for the glaze, as representing the colors found in a mountain crag.

Kathy Honea
Van Briggle Notes & More, page 168

Why Sell Your Art Pottery With Just Art Pottery

It may seem like a foreign concept to some collectors, but buying and selling pottery is part of the passion and experience of those who appreciate the beautiful artistic efforts. The artists who really defined the American art pottery movement are many and it makes sense that some of us like to own a bit of each of these artistic efforts. And if you’ve decided to part ways with a few or all of your pieces, whether it’s because you want to focus on a new pattern or wish to experience the excitement that comes with starting a new collection, we would like to invite you to consider selling your collection to Just Art Pottery.

Just Art Pottery has a national base that includes some of the most well known and respected experts in Roseville, Newcomb, Van Briggle and other pottery lines. Our growing clientele has come to rely on Just Art Pottery for ethical business practices and professional relationships with the entire art pottery community.

It’s for these reasons, and more, that Just Art Pottery is a sound choice for turning your collection – regardless of how small or big it is – into a fair profit. We pride ourselves on our relationships with both collectors and buyers and our commitment ensures we are always combing the most unlikely places to bring to our customers those rare pieces. We’re often searching for a specific pottery line or piece for a customer and other times, we are simply searching out those collections that are nothing short of awe-inspiring.

We invite you to contact us if you have any questions or would like to discuss the options available. We are also able to offer nationwide pickup in most instances and we hire only the best shippers to ensure the safety of your investment during transit. We welcome the opportunity to discuss the potential for relationship that will benefit all of us and in some consignment instances, we’re able to provide a cash advance in anticipation of a sale.

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The 2012 American Art Pottery Convention

This is the time of the year that art pottery lovers come together. The 2012 American Art Pottery Convention is gearing up and will be in Cleveland Ohio later this month. We have the schedule of events for what’s sure to be a great time.

The dates for this year’s convention are April 19 through April 22.

A Note About the Hotel

The host hotel this year is Holiday Inn Cleveland South – Independence. It’s recently underwent a major renovation and now offers 364 stunning guestrooms and is one of the largest in the area. It’s located just 15 minutes from the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. It’s not too late to make your reservations, either. You can do so by visiting the website at hiindependence.com or by calling 216-524-8050

Schedule of Events

On Thursday, April 19th, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., there’s a tour of the Museum of Ceramics and Homer Laughlin Fiesta and China. If you’ve never visited the museum, it’s an absolute must. Even those who have spent a considerable amount of time in the art pottery family know the value of this tour. It’s sure to inspire.

The registration tables will also be open at 9 a.m.

At 6:30 p.m., a welcome reception and cocktail party is being hosted. (Note there will be a cash bar available). There’ll be prize drawings and giveaways and of course, plenty of networking opportunities.

On Friday, there’s plenty to do. There will be two seminars, with the first one beginning at 9 a.m. Understanding and Collecting Pillin Pottery by Jerry Kline runs until 10:15 and then, at 10:30, you can attend The Many Phases of Van Briggle. This seminar is hosted by Kathy Honea. It runs from 10:30 am. until 11:45 a.m.

The preview for the art pottery auction runs for two hours beginning at 2:30. There will also be a book signing and a “Meet the Authors” event between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The art pottery auction begins at 4:30 and your auctioneer is Peter Gehres.

Saturday provides one more seminar, Richard D. Mohr’s “Tiles I’ve Known and Loved”, which is slated for 9:15 a.m. and expected to run until 10:45 a.m.

For registered members of the convention, you’re afforded the opportunity to preview the AAPA Show and Sale beginning at 11 a.m. This runs until noon, at which time, the public is allowed to preview the sale.

On Sunday, the annual business meeting begins at 9:30 and runs until approximately 10:45. At 11 a.m., the AAPA Art Pottery Show and Sale runs until approximately 4 p.m.

If you have any questions regarding the convention, you can visit the American Art Pottery Association’s convention page at http://www.aapa.info/Convention/Convention2012/tabid/70/Default.aspx