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Colorado Gallery

Rocky Mountain Pottery

no.050 2012-04-01 rev

In 1981 we recall the Rocky Mountain Pottery Factory just west of Loveland, Colorado had large kilns in the basement. The Pottery sold pine cone decorated and pine scented pottery before it closed for good in 1988.

Rocky Mountain Pottery (ROMCO) was founded by Leland B Huston in Denver in 1953. In 1957 the pottery moved to Loveland and was managed through the 1960s by Charles C Thornburg.

In 1980 from Lehner's Marks Lee Huston "...sold part ownership to the Greens, according to Louise Green...and Huston moved to the West Coast...Slip cast ware (was) made. At one time, presses were used but were unsuccessful, so now and for a long time, hand casting has been used."

The attractive hand glazed pine cone decorations on Rocky Mountain Pottery look identical to those on Loveland Art Pottery. ROMCO's main difference is that it has a speckly field. Loveland Art's field is plainer with usually less glaze crazing.

Both potteries operated simultaneously for awhile in Loveland during the 1950s and 1960s, but Loveland Art Pottery was earlier to arrive in the area and probably developed the pine cone pattern techniques.

Rocky Mountain Pottery with its crazing is stunning in its beauty, but we prefer the plainer light elegance of Loveland Art Pottery.

This nice caddie has mugs with uncrazed finishes. We found ROMCO's utilitarian ware to be often free of the the typical decorative ware crazing. So there must have been some deliberation in the process.

These ROMCO tumblers in green and brown also came in at least two sizes. The smaller ones shown are quite attractive. Likewise as above no crazing of the finish.

This large poodle is much uglier in real life than the picture shows. Notice the glued on plastic eyes.

Click on the above stein to see a good example of ROMCO's beautiful speckled field.

Many of ROMCO's coffee mugs were personalized with first names, holiday events or various company seminar themes or topics. No crazing.

One signature line of Rocky Mountain Pottery was bisque fired items dipped in a pine scented liquid and stained (not fired) with a wood look. Even though they are very plentiful and ugly in our opinion, the above boot doesn't look that bad. It is ink stamped "pine scented" on the bottom but the pine scent is long gone on these items.

ROMCO pots are often only identified by foil labels like the above.

Today the large rambling place sells antiques and collectibles on the popular tourist route on Estes Park Road to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Related articles: Loveland Art Pottery

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