Van Briggle Pottery Festival

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Presented by Colorado College at Van Briggle Building, Colorado Springs CO

Sep 15
Van Briggle Pottery Festival

Colorado College’s Woman’s Educational Society (WES) is sponsoring its one-day-only tour of the historic Van Briggle Memorial Pottery Building on the Colorado College campus. Festival includes guided tours of the Colorado College Van Briggle Building & wheel-throwing demonstrations.

This is a rare, unique opportunity to see the incredible Dutch architecture and artistic detail of this Colorado College landmark – inside and out – now on the National Register of Historic Places. Learn of the tragically short life of Artus Van Briggle, Colorado Springs’ most noted artist of the Art Nouveau period.

Historians, potters throwing pots on a wheel, and pottery collection experts (who will date-validate your own personal pottery pieces) will be presenting at each tour stop of this building that Artus’s wife, Anne (with help from General Palmer in 1907), built in his honor.

Renowned Van Briggle experts Kathy Honea and Bob Teas will display historic matte glaze pottery of Artus and Anne Van Briggle.

Attendees will be treated to guided tours of this unique building on the National Register of Historic Places that now houses the Office of Facilities Services of Colorado College. The sculptor of the “Lorelei” sculpture and Van Briggle Wall, artist Larry Terrafranca, will be in attendance. There will also be tours of the adjacent Heritage Garden by the Horticultural Arts Society.

The festival will also feature wheel-throwing demonstrations and hands-on clay activities by the Bemis School of Art. Community partners, including the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, Historic Preservation Alliance, Friends of Monument Valley Park, the Manitou Springs Heritage Center, and the McAllister House, will host tables.

Tours of the Van Briggle Memorial Pottery Building (1125 Geln Ave) will begin every 20 minutes between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. There will also be pottery authentication with a 2-piece limit.

Enjoy wheel throwing demonstrations and hands-on clay activities by Bemis School of Art. There will also be tours of the Monument Valley Park Gardens by the Horticultural Arts Society.


Several activities are free.

Tours start every 20 minutes between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and are $15 for adults. Children are free.

Pottery authentication (2-piece limit) is $10.



Van Briggle Building

1125 Glen Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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