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 Blue Mountain Pottery - Craigleith and then Collingwood, Ontario

Blue Mountain Pottery was a Canadian pottery company located in Collingwood, Ontario.  In 1947, a group of skilled craftsmen experimented by making pottery with the red-brown clay found along the shores of Georgian Bay in Collingwood, Ontario. The first studio was located inside a converted barn at the base of the Blue Mountain, and it was there a vintage washing machine was used to mix the clay, which was cured for 12 hours before application of the glaze. It was founded in 1947 and closed in 2004. It produced various types of pottery, from animal figurines to jugs, pots and vases. The company's products have a large fan base and are collected world-wide.  We have been told that you could collect coupons from certain products which could be redeemed for BMP pieces.

Many people visited the Collingwood (near Wasaga Beach) facility and bought pieces from their factory outlet. I believe there were coupons one could redeem for BMP items.

 Blue Mountain Pottery items feature a unique, trademarked glazing process known as "reflowing decorating". To achieve their trademark streaky effect, each piece of pottery was dipped into two different kinds of liquid glazes, which would cover tiny pores in the clay. During the firing process temperatures reached 1840 degrees Fahrenheit, which allowed the glazes to flow freely together, producing a mirror-like gloss. Since the procedure could not be strictly controlled, the finish on each piece was unique.

  Blue Mountain Pottery (BMP) is generally recognized for its traditional flow-green glaze. This glaze was the original artisan’s attempt to portray the colors which appear on the face of the Blue Mountain during the spring and summer. Heavily laden with spruce and pine trees, the mountain’s slopes display vivid shades of green and blue interlaced with the dark clearings of winter ski runs. Over 30 other color combinations were also used throughout the years, many with the intention of echoing the natural elements of the area. Vivid, watery blues mirror the pristine waters of Georgian Bay, while red-orange, brown-yellow and red-black illustrated the magnificent colors of autumn. Blue Mountain Pottery items were available in the traditional green hues, but also in Harvest Gold, Cobalt Blue, Mocha, Pewter, Red, Slate and Brown.

BMP made a huge variety of products in all shapes and sizes. The most popular seem to be their figural pieces of animals, birds and fish.

They had a large range of sizes as well from huge mantle (or floor) sized pieces to a medium 5" size all the way down to 3" miniatures.

Collecting Blue Mountain Pottery is still popular by many and, as time goes on, pieces will become much more difficult to find in perfect condition.  It is important to be able to identify Blue Mountain Pottery from other look-a-likes.  Nearly all pieces that had a closed base also had one of a variety of BMP mould marks. 

 NOTE: We have come across several pieces which simply had a sticker and did not follow that rule.  Some pieces had embossed marks with stickers as well

For items that had no base including most of the bird and animal items, they were sold with stickers or tags, many long since lost.  However, a trained eye can always identify the quality workmanship, the special glazing and the specific moulds of Blue Mountain Pottery.

Ongoing changes in base and drip colors should make dating BMP easy, but quite the reverse is true. ‚ÄúThere are several factors to consider,‚ÄĚ said Pat Pitcher, a dealer/specialist in Canadian Pottery, including Blue Mountain. ‚ÄúThe first difference is that while some colors were offered exclusively through BMP catalogues, others were made strictly for sale in the factory shop, as studio pottery or as a special order, and these works could cover any time frame. In addition, ‚Äėseconds‚Äô and overruns from special orders were also sold from the factory store. Over or under firing also affected the end result, so a very unusual shade could just be the result of kiln conditions.‚ÄĚ

 

Here is a terrific link for Blue Mountain mark (and sticker) identification.

The Blue Mountain Collector's Corner

http://thebmpcc.com/Marks.html

 

For more information on  Blue Mountain Pottery

and  Canadian Potters

Click HERE

 

We recently aquired a large collection of BMP pieces.

In order to display these we needed to add more pages and categories.

Below is a variety of  bowls and planters and miscellaneous pieces.

 


 

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Large BMP 10 inch diameter bowl $25.00
Click Here for Product Details! Large BMP 10 inch diameter bowl. Beautiful rippled rim Blue Mountain Potteries bowl. 10" across and 3" high this is standout. Has BMP Canada mark embossed on bottom. Similar to the smaller ones we have on sale. Make an offer for the set.
BMP large long and deep oval bowl $25.00
Click Here for Product Details! BMP long oval bowl. Another great design from Collingwood’s Blue Mountain Potteries. This is a BMP large long and deep oval bowl with a very dramatic use of the traditional BMP green brown glazes meeting in the bottom. 14" long by 5 1/2" wide and 2 1/2" deep. There is no mark on the bottom.
BMP large scalloped or crinkled edge bowl $35.00
Click Here for Product Details! BMP large scalloped or crinkled edge bowl. Another amazing pottery sculpture from Blue Mountain Potteries. Extremely organic looking this appears to be folded with multiple creases radiating from the center. Very well suited for the BMP drip glaze typical of BMP. About 13 1/2" by 8".
BMP Large leaf shaped bowl $35.00
Click Here for Product Details! BMP Large leaf shaped bowl. Fantastic bowl from Blue Mountain Potteries! This large 12" by 9" bowl simulates a huge leaf with even the leaf rays showing in brown. This is a real eye catcher!
Large BMP Cobalt Blue Bowl $35.00
Click Here for Product Details! Large BMP Cobalt Blue Bowl. Marvelous round bowl in the Cobalt Blue glaze from BMP. Measures about 9" in diameter and stands almost 5 1/2" tall. Has the BMB vase mark with waves.
....SOLD.....BMP Harvest Gold long narrow crinkled rim bowl $20.00
Click Here for Product Details! BMP Harvest Gold long narrow crinkled rim bowl. Stunning Blue Mountain potteries bowl in harvest Gold. Very organic crimped sides. Great piece! A large 15" long by 5 1/2" wide.
BMP large round pot or bowl $20.00
Click Here for Product Details! BMP large round pot or bowl. Lovely round BMP bowl or shallow planter 9 1/2" in diameter by 3" tall. Simple in design but very graceful.
BMP pedestal based bowl $25.00
Click Here for Product Details! BMP pedestal based bowl. Almost 9" in diameter and 5" tall this is a very decorative and unusual Blue Mountain pottery bowl. We have 2 available. One has the staggered pine trees mark the other has the BMP Canada mark. Contact us if you have a preference.
Blue Mountain triangular dish with 3 feet $17
Click Here for Product Details! Lovely BMP piece in a triangular shape and three small feet raising it from the surface. A nice design typical of the modern ideas from BMP designers. These designs will never go out of style. Measures about 11 1/2" by 8" by 1 3/4" tall. We have 2 of these one has ’BMP Canada’ in script the other has no marking.
BMP small bowl with crimped rim. $7.50
Click Here for Product Details! BMP small bowl with crimped rim. A small version of the larger one we have on sale elsewhere. About 5" across. We always combine shipping so buy both for a set!
BMP 3 tier tidbit or candy dish with handle $30.00
Click Here for Product Details! BMP 3 tier tidbit or candy dish with handle. Nicest of all these tiered dishes this 3 section handy tidbit, condiment or nut dish with removable handle is a standout. The nice thing about this dish is that when you carry this by the handle the dish (and it’s contents) always remain level. No worrying about things rolling off or spilling. Bottom dish is about 11" long. Middle dish is 9" long by 7 1/2" wide. The top one is slightly smaller at 7" long. We have several other dishes similar to this in 1 tier and 2 tier.
BMP candy or tidbit tray with metal handle $15.00
Click Here for Product Details! BMP candy or tidbit tray with metal handle. I don’t think anyone remembers how handy these trays with a handle are. You can carry it anywhere without worrying about things sliding off. It will always hang straight. This is a nice medium size one in green. It is about 9" long by 7 1/4" wide. We have one of these in Harvest Gold as well.
BMP 2 tier tidbit or candy dish with handle $20.00
Click Here for Product Details! BMP 2 tier tidbit or candy dish with handle. Nice looking and handy tidbit, condiment or nut dish with removable handle. The nice thing about this dish is that when you carry this by the handle, the dish (and it’s contents) always remain level. No worrying about things rolling off or spilling. Bottom dish is 9" long by 7 1/2" wide. The other one is slightly smaller at 7" long. We have several other dishes similar to this in 1 tier and 3 tier.
BMP pair of leaf shaped candleholders $10.00
Click Here for Product Details! BMP pair of leaf shaped candleholders. We have 3 pairs of these available. This listing is for one pair. We will match the closest pair and colour for each pair sold. Each is about 7" long.
.....SOLD.....BMP Harvest Gold candy or tidbit tray with metal handle $20.00
Click Here for Product Details! BMP Harvest Gold candy or tidbit tray with metal handle. I don’t think anyone remembers how handy these trays with a handle are. You can carry it anywhere without worrying about things sliding off. It will always hang straight. This is a nice medium size one in green. It is about 9" long by 7 1/4" wide. We have one of these in green as well.
BMP one snack set with cup $25.00
Click Here for Product Details! BMP one snack set with . probably one of the earlier pieces from Blue Mountain this snack set was sold when TV became popular and people sat in front of their favourite TV shows eating and drinking from these snack sets. Measuring 10 3/4" long by about 6 1/2" wide. These held the same mug sold with teasets (about 4" tall),
BMP elongated oval studio dish $15
Click Here for Product Details! BMP elongated oval studio dish. Another very organic looking piece from Blue Mountain Potteries this long slender dish has a designer signed sticker on the bottom. I have no idea what the intended use is for this piece but it looks great! Measures 12 1/2" long by 3 1/2" wide. We have 2 of these with the same sticker.
Blue Mountain Potteries heart shaped bowl or ashtray $15
Click Here for Product Details! Nice piece of BMP this is in the shape of a spade with a handle or rest like a stem on a leaf. Charming little candy, nut or trinket dish. The three pine trees mark in a triangle dates this to be an earlier BMP piece. I have two of these. Make an offer for both.
Blue Mountain Potteries bowl memento of SCSA 1945-1970 $7
Click Here for Product Details! Blue Mountain Potteries bowl memento of SCSA 1945-1970. Interesting since it dates this piece to 1970. There is a small chip on the outside of the rim. I have no idea what SCSA stands for. Measures 7" in diameter by 2" tall
.....SOLD.....BMP salt and pepper $10.00
Click Here for Product Details! BMP salt and pepper. About 3 1/2" tall.
BMP Small soup bowl sized bowl $5.00
Click Here for Product Details! BMP Small soup bowl sized bowl about 5" in diameter.
Blue Mountain Potteries Artichoke bowl or planter $15.00
Click Here for Product Details! Blue Mountain Potteries Artichoke bowl or planter. Nice piece from the Blue Mountain people. Like a artichoke dressed it has six segments forming the bowl sides. Was used as a planter. Measures 6 1/4" in diameter by 3 1/4" tall.
BMP charming saddle shaped bowl $10
Click Here for Product Details! BMP charming saddle shaped bowl. A nice little bowl which is somewhat oval in shape with the ends slightly folded up to form a saddle-like shape. A nice darker green brown glaze makes for an elegant Blue Mounatin piece. 5 1/4" long by 4 3/4" wide.
BMP modern looking bowl $20.00
Click Here for Product Details! BMP modern looking bowl. Delightfully modern bowl by Blue Mountain Potteries. About 5 1/2" in diameter and 6 1/2" tall.
BMP large interlocking bowl $20.00
Click Here for Product Details! BMP large interlocking bowl. This is a large 11" long by 2" deep bowl which appears to be part of a sectional display which would, when interlocked at the round portions with 2 others form a huge circle of 4 bowls. BMP made a lazy susan of pieces similar to these but they were smaller in size I believe. This listing is for 1 bowl only but we do have 2 available. Each is nice enough to stand on it’s own. Make an offer for both.
.....SOLD.....BMP Cobalt Blue leaf shaped candleholders $15.00
Click Here for Product Details! BMP Cobalt Blue leaf shaped candleholders. Lovely candleholders in the Cobalt Blue glaze. About 7" long by 1 1/2" tall.
BMP fish shaped bowl or tray $15.00
Click Here for Product Details! BMP fish shaped bowl or tray. Unusual Blue Mountain Potteries dish shaped like a fish. About 10" long by 7" wide. We have 2 available.
....SOLD.....BMP Harvest Gold Artichoke style bowl or planter $15.00
Click Here for Product Details! BMP Harvest Gold Artichoke style bowl or planter. Nice looking bowl or planter with the Harvest Gold Blue Mountain glaze. About 6 3/4" in diameter
Blue Mountain Potteries segmented bowl $15
Click Here for Product Details! Blue Mountain Potteries segmented bowl. Beautiful BMP bowl with multiple segmented rim and streaked glazing following every rib. Identical to the SGSA bowl also listed. We have 2 of these. Diameter 7" and 2" tall. Both have staggered pine tree mark. Remember we always combine shipping.
.....SOLD.....BMP 3 partition serving tray with metal handle $20.00
Click Here for Product Details! BMP 3 partition serving tray with metal handle. Handy tray for serving a variety of candies or tidbits. 3 deep bowl tied at the center with a removable carry handle. Nice glaze effect with the brown rims. Small feet on bottom. About 10" across.
BMP handled serving tray $20.00
Click Here for Product Details! BMP handled serving tray. Unusual BMP serving plate with extruded handles. Not a common piece this lovely dish measures about 11 1/2" in length. Marvellous blend of the drip glaze pattern inside the bowl. Note the staggered trees mark and the original sticker. Great piece!
BMP possibly flowing shape dish $20.00
Click Here for Product Details! BMP possibly flowing shape dish. This is one of those pieces which simply shouts Blue Mountain but has some very contradictory elements to it. The glaze looks definitely BMP but the clay is white. There are no markings on it but the shape is typical of the way BMP used nature as a model for many of their nicest designs. In any case it is a great piece! Measures about 7 1/2" by 7".
BMP triangular footed candle holders $10.00
Click Here for Product Details! BMP triangular footed candle holders. Charming footed candleholders in a classic design. About 5" across the points.
BMP 2 round candle holders. $15.00
Click Here for Product Details! BMP 2 round candle holders.. Nice pair of candleholders by BMP. Older and more traditional design than many of the other BMP candleholders. (see our other listings). About 3 1/2" in diameter by 2 1/2" tall.

Below are some of the Blue Mountain Potteries items we have on display at our store at the Courtice Flea Market.

We will be adding these to this page as time permits. If you have an interest in any of these contact us with an offer.

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Here is a piece found at the Courtice Flea Market which seems to contradict many of the BMP identification rules. A lovely set of 3 dolphins in the Cobalt Blue it has a body of white clay and it has a molded closed bottom with hole.

It is definitely identified on the bottom with both sticker and molded BMP letters.

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.....SOLD.....Blue Mountain Pottery large tray or platter $30
Click Here for Product Details! Blue Mountain Pottery large tray or platter. This is a gorgeous (and unique) BMP piece! Huge swirl shaped tray with the classic BMP green glaze and marked "BMP Canada" on the bottom.
.....SOLD.....BMP graceful and classic pitcher or ewer. $20
Click Here for Product Details! BMP graceful and classic pitcher or ewer. This is one of those timeless designs for which the Blue mountain potteries became famous. A delicately curved handle which extends from the neck to the base and terminates into the mouth and spout of this delightful pitcher.
BMP large long and deep oval bowl $25.00
Click Here for Product Details! BMP long oval bowl. Another great design from Collingwood’s Blue Mountain Potteries. This is a BMP large long and deep oval bowl with a very dramatic use of the traditional BMP green brown glazes meeting in the bottom. 14" long by 5 1/2" wide and 2 1/2" deep. There is no mark on the bottom.
.....SOLD.....BMP 2 part dish in the Granite glaze $15.00
Click Here for Product Details! BMP 2 part dish in the Granite glaze. Lovely 2 part dish about 8 1/4" long featuring the uncommon Granite glaze.
.....SOLD.....Blue Mountain Potteries Swan Bowl $10.00
Click Here for Product Details! Very nice Blue Mountain Potteries Swan Bowl, possibly a planter or just keep it out for decoration. Exceptional version of this often replicated swan dish. It has the swan with it’s neck gracefully bent as if to tuck it’s head under a wing. Great design! This piece is marked with the 3 pine trees staggered. I have two of these. Make an offer for both.
.....SOLD.....BMP trumpet vase, beautifully glazed $19
Click Here for Product Details! BMP trumpet vase, beautifully glazed. A gorgeous Blue Mountain Pottery vase this trumpet shaped vase is coated with a lighter, denser green than the usual green and brown combination. A great looking piece. Has the three staggered pine trees mark.
.....SOLD.....BMP dolphin figurine $20
Click Here for Product Details! BMP dolphin figurine. Gorgeous figurine of a dolphin about to dive under the water. Covered in the classic BMP glaze. There are no marks here and it is made of white clay but the shape and glaze just shout Blue Mountain Potteries. I have four of these, one large, two medium and one very small one. Price shown is for one large or two medium.
.....SOLD.....BMP blue glazed plate or shallow bowl $10
Click Here for Product Details! BMP blue glazed plate or shallow bowl. One of the more desirable glaze colours by Blue Mountain Potteries this plate really displays the beauty of the BMP drip glaze process. About 6" in diameter. We also have a large dolphin available in this colour.
.....SOLD.....BMP Harvest Gold small pitcher $15.00
Click Here for Product Details! BMP Harvest Gold small pitcher. Lovely little pitcher or ewer decorated with the Harvest Gold drip glaze. Stands about 4 1/2" tall to the top of the spout.
.....SOLD.....BMP small graceful and classic pitcher or ewer $15
Click Here for Product Details! BMP graceful and classic pitcher or ewer. This is one of those timeless designs for which the Blue mountain potteries became famous. A delicately curved handle which extends from the neck to the base and terminates into the mouth and spout of this delightful pitcher. Measures about 7" tall.
.....SOLD.....Blue Mountain Potteries fantastic large bowl with crimped rim $30
Click Here for Product Details! Blue Mountain Potteries large fantastic bowl with crimped rim. A large bowl for fruit or whatever you like, this Blue Mountain Potteries bowl will display it to perfection. Fully crimped rim and the typical green brown BMP glaze make this a great collector piece which can serve a usefull function as well.
.....SOLD.....BMP tall cream and sugar $15
Click Here for Product Details! BMP tall cream and sugar. Tall pitcher like creamer and sugar with pointed lid. The creamer is about 5" tall and the sugar is about 4" in diameter
.....SOLD.....BMP Harvest Gold large dolphin $25.00
Click Here for Product Details! BMP Harvest Gold large dolphin. About 12" long this is a great looking example of the Harvest Gold glaze from Blue Mountain Potteries.
.....SOLD.....BMP Lazy Susan turntable set $45.00
Click Here for Product Details! BMP Lazy Susan turntable set. Charming and useful Blue Mountain lazy susan on turntable. 5 pieces make up this set. There is a deep center bowl and 3 curved outer sections all fitting on a turntable. Keep the dip in the center and have 3 varieties of chips or nachos around the outside. BMP also made a larger version of this. About 12" in diameter.