He and his wife, Anne, became respected pottery artists while working at Rookwood Pottery in Ohio.This is where they honed their craft and Artus began exploring the possibility of creating satin matte glazes, in various colors, using natural minerals.One of the employees, Kenneth Stevenson, took over the company in 1969.
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the tradition, being mindful of the aesthetic awareness and approach the Van Briggles set forth.
Van Briggle had been a decorator at Rookwood Pottery of Cincinnati, Ohio.
He died in 1904 and his wife took over managing the pottery.
Another factor contributing to the desirability of Van Briggle pottery from the pre-death period (1901-1904) is that original production numbers were very low and the quality was very high.
It is estimated that around 3,000 examples of Van Briggle pottery from the 1901-1904 period survive today.
However, the couple made the move to a different climate and altitude in hopes of easing the effects of Artus’ tuberculosis.
6 Artus Van Briggle was just 35 years old when he died from tuberculosis in 1904, just three years after Van Briggle Pottery began production.
For example, a grouping of five low bowls featuring birds and animal figures and seven flower frogs, with Persian Rose and Ming Blue glazes, 1910-1928, marked with various Van Briggle makers’ marks, sold for 7.50 at auction March 27, 2015, at Rago Auction Gallery.