The Historic Van Briggle Pottery Festival, Sept. 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., coloradocollege.edu/wes.
he Van Briggle Pottery building was built in 1907-08, and functioned as a factory for the Van Briggle company. It operated until 1968 when the building was purchased by Colorado College, which became stewards of its contents. Of course, it isn’t the only place to view Artus and Anne Van Briggle’s impressive pottery and tiles, as many pieces are on display at the Pioneers Museum and the Manitou Springs Heritage Center, but the Van Briggle Pottery building once held the salesroom, workshops, offices and studios of the company, and contains some exciting history. Join Colorado College’s Woman’s Educational Society for this annual tour of the old Van Briggle building and studio, plus a festival to celebrate the ceramic arts. Tours leave every 20 minutes until 3 p.m. and include a stop in the old sales room and a look at Anne Van Briggle’s studio. But once you’ve walked the building there’s still plenty to get up to. Bemis School of Art will host wheel-throwing demonstrations and hands-on clay activities, and the Horticultural Arts Society will provide tours of the gardens.