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Robertson-style Broadmoor Vase

#71 2014-02-01

This classic Broadmoor vase form was introduced by Cecil Jones during his short tenure in Colorado Springs.

We are not aware of Broadmoor also producing the vase at Denver. All the marks we have found so far are Colo Springs.

The vase bodies were press molded judging from faint mold lines; these rims (click) and bases (click) were hand finished. They would be more labor intensive in their making than the typical molded or thrown Denver piece.

The glazing also indicates a rather labor intensive process.

The dappled vase would have needed added glaze dabbing that would be less suited to the higher-volume operation at Denver.

And our double-dipped blue glaze would have also have required additional time-consuming  processing.

Not so visible in these shots are extra interior glazes on two of our vases. The dappled and twice-glazed blue vases have inside white glazes.

This white pair also has a crazed finish (click) resulting from a bad glaze-clay fit. 

We know Cecil Jones made beautiful crackle glazes during his short time at the pottery, but this crazed finish, intentional or not, is not that Jones' crackle.

An article by PJ Shaw in the 1986 American Clay Exchange, 'More on Cecil Jones and Broadmoor', speaks of these classic Broadmoor vases having a "typical Robertson (Pottery) shape".

Cecil Jones worked with the Robertsons for two years in Los Angeles at Claycraft before his year with Broadmoor "in charge of glaze development".

So this Robertson-style vase is another example of the many early contributions of Cecil Jones to Broadmoor.

Finally of interest is this shot of a nicely impressed Broadmoor logo from another vase (click). It shows a worker on the right operating a press mold while the other is at the kick wheel throwing a vase.

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