Blue Mountain Pottery History
Blue Mountain Pottery was a Canadian pottery company the was established in Collingwood Township, now the Town of The Blue Mountains, Ontario. Jozo Weider launched this pottery production in 1953 with hand-painted designs on purchased blank ceramics. Soon after clay was drawn from the Blue Mountains to create the pottery itself and launch its designs. Jozo hired trained European ceramicists such as Dennis Tupy and with the business, creative, and skilled talents of many, the pottery grew. The successful pottery was sold by Jozo Weider in the late 1960’s and it operated under other management until closing in 2004.
Known for its iconic designs and blue-green glaze it continues to be appreciated and collected around the world. Blue Mountain Pottery items feature a unique, trademarked glazing process known as "reflowing decorating." Two different liquid glazes, one light and one dark in colour, 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.
The Craigleith Heritage Depot is working with the author Conrad Biernacki to produce a book to fully tell the story of the Pottery and its legacy as a Canadian pottery. The proceeds from the Blue Mountain Pottery Expo will help support the development of the book and ensure this history is preserved for future generations.
The Craigleith Heritage Depot will be adding a new collection to their online exhibits all about Blue Mountain Pottery. To tide you over, check out some of the items on display at the Depot below.