Tuesday, 3 July 2007

Blue Mountain Pottery

Blue Mountain Pottery was a pottery company located in Canada. (Just a hop skip and jump away from my studio) It was founded in 1946 and sadly closed its doors in 2004. Named after the Blue Mountain Ridge near Collingwood, Ontario, this famous pottery studio started to provide summer occupation for the staff of the local ski run. In their hey days BMP was world famous as Canada's most distinctive pottery, with substantial markets in England, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, the Far East and the West Indies.

They produced various types of pottery, from animal figurines to jugs, pots and vases. All of us had tons of it in our homes growing up. When we grew up and got our own homes, we would never be caught dead with the stuff - it was almost considered tacky and embarrassing! Today however, its a different story - The company's products have a large fan base and are collected world-wide. Just a few short years ago you could pick up some pieces for 25 cents! Wow! Check out e-bay or other sites now!

Blue Mountain Pottery items feature a unique, trademarked glazing process known as "reflowing decorating." Two different liquid glazes, one light and one dark in color, were applied. During the firing process the glazes would run, creating streaking patterns unique to each piece.
Blue Mountain Pottery items were available in the traditional green hues, but also in Harvest Gold, Cobalt Blue, Mocha, Pewter, Red, and Brown.

Many similar items have been called "Blue Mountain Pottery" so if you have a 'love'
for it now as I do, be careful when purchasing such items sight unseen.