Colorado Gallery

Broadmoor Colorado Springs Bowls

#78 2014-09-01

This time we look at three Broadmoor bowl forms, all thrown and finished at the Colorado Springs location.

Our first "three-cornered" bowl was thrown by Eric Hellman. Check out its green streaky glaze (click).

Also notice Hellman usually left his bases flat (click), whereas the remaining bowls in this article, typical for Colorado Springs, are footed (example)

For this bowl notice the symmetry and thin walls, two hallmarks of the expert thrower (click). We wonder who did the work on this one.

The base is gorgeous: unscuffed, perfectly shellacked, with a crisp, dead-on potters' impression (click).

This bowl is what many Broadmoor collectors look for, and why Springs pieces are often favored over Denver-made pots. What a beautiful piece.

This next bowl lacks some of the qualities just mentioned but has a unique orange drip glaze. Broadmoor oranges are hard enough to find, but this one is special with its frosty crystalline finish (click).

Our final bowl with this shape has a wonderful streaky green glaze that usually shows well (click). This one has added rim indentations, jazzing it up a bit. Very nice.

Our next two bowls are simpler, shallower forms without rim embellishments. Also this shot shows their size variation well.

The bowl bases are nothing special. Also foil labels are not common on bases (click).

Likewise these ruffled bowls show quite a size variation. Maybe imperfect plain bowls were ruffled to make sales, no?

This attractive bottom looks almost untouched (click). It has a nice square-on potters' impression, unworn shellac and unworn-off glaze at the base. Love these bottoms!

This is one of our favorite ink stamps. It locates the Broadmoor-Springs pottery  "Next to the Post Office" (click). We also found this stamp on Brown Palace Ship Tavern condiment bowls (article).

The period Colorado Springs downtown map (click) below shows the post office at the intersection of Pikes Peak and Nevada Avenues. That should have placed Broadmoor Art Pottery just east of the post office.

One nerdy aside: Notice the shellac scrape over our blue bowl's ink stamp above (click). These Springs ink stamps were applied to the bisque pottery before lacquer was applied. So any shellac scrapes, or removals, do not interrupt the ink stamps!

However this typical Denver bottom has its ink stamp applied on top of the shellac, causing the ink stamp to be vulnerable to scrapes. This likely is why most unmarked Broadmoors are from Denver, not Colorado Springs.

Finally this thrown ruffled bowl is an early (1940s) Lakewood Pottery piece (article). We include it this time only because of its obvious similarity to the ruffled bowls above.

Lakewood Pottery glazes and processes were acquired from Broadmoor-Denver after the pottery closed in early 1939. (article)

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