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Colorado Gallery

Loveland Art Pottery

no.048 2012-02-01

Before the nearby interstate was completed in the 1960s Loveland Art Pottery was on the main tourist route to Rocky Mountain National Park. The pottery was popular with tourists for its hand painted pine cone decorations.

From 1948 Swedish immigrant Hilmer Roslund owned and operated the pottery in Loveland, Colorado. It was first located at 400 S Lincoln Ave and later moved to 350, next to his residence at 346 S Lincoln.

Not to be confused with Rocky Mountain Pottery later located west on US Hwy 34, Loveland Pottery was just south of town on US 287.

The pottery most often has a clear white rather than Rocky Mountain's speckly field. Both potteries had pretty hand painted pine cone clusters.

Rocky Mountain Pottery is more common and often crazed. Loveland Pottery usually has the better glaze-clay body fit with little crazing.

Loveland Pottery is always molded and typically has air brushed pine cone decorations on either white or brown fields.

Our wall pockets below are very nice examples of the brown ware.

The pottery is sometimes found in other colors without pine cones. Our spattered yellow glazed ewer has the same form as the air brushed brown and green.

The pink and green finished vase below is impressed Loveland Colorado.

Look for Loveland Art Pottery with foil labels and/or various impressed marks -- Loveland, Loveland Art, Loveland Pottery, Loveland Art Pottery, etc -- often with form numbers.  Lehner's shows a nice flourished Loveland Art Pottery mark in her book.

Hilmer Roslund

Hilmer Jolani Roslund was born in 1893 in Sweden and served in the Swedish infantry before immigrating to America in 1913. By one account he also served in the US armed forces during World War I.

Mr Roslund worked for Red Wing Stoneware for twenty six years in Red Wing, Minn first as a laborer and then a molder. He married Harriett Lundquist there in 1924.

After Red Wing Stoneware Mr Roslund worked for Camark Pottery in Camden, Ark for four years and moved to Loveland with his family in the late 1940s.

He owned and operated Loveland Art Pottery from 1948 until his death in July 1972.

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