1970s Canadian Blue Mountain Pottery Green and Black Glaze Drip Ware Ceramic Swan Dish

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Blue Mountain Pottery Swan
1970s Canadian Blue Mountain Pottery Green and Black Glaze Drip Ware Ceramic Swan Dish
1970s Canadian Blue Mountain Pottery Green and Black Glaze Drip Ware Ceramic Swan Dish
1970s Canadian Blue Mountain Pottery Green and Black Glaze Drip Ware Ceramic Swan Dish
1970s Canadian Blue Mountain Pottery Green and Black Glaze Drip Ware Ceramic Swan Dish
1970s Canadian Blue Mountain Pottery Green and Black Glaze Drip Ware Ceramic Swan Dish
1970s Canadian Blue Mountain Pottery Green and Black Glaze Drip Ware Ceramic Swan Dish
1970s Canadian Blue Mountain Pottery Green and Black Glaze Drip Ware Ceramic Swan Dish
1970s Canadian Blue Mountain Pottery Green and Black Glaze Drip Ware Ceramic Swan Dish

THE ITEM

This sculpted dish features the serene, relaxed pose of a preening swan. The rounded wings and its tail form the dish that can be used for various small items. The under glaze is near black, but reveals an iridescent sheen of slick blues, greens and copper tones.

A green drip glaze highlights the head, neck and wings of the swan, as well as the tip of the swan's tail. 

The variation in colour and the effect of gravity on the glaze evokes imagery of the Boreal forests surrounding the Blue Mountains, which the glaze is said to be inspired by. 

An interesting property of the glaze is that the glaze is not opaque - if a bright light is shone upon the swan, the brown shades of the clay underneath begin to shine through. This particular form of swan was available as part of the Blue Mountain Pottery range from the 1970s.

CONDITION

Excellent, no chips, cracks or scratches. This piece has the original Blue Mountain Pottery label on the underside. There is very light crazing (wear that is commensurable with age of piece) on the underside - please see photos as part of condition report.

MEASUREMENTS
Measures c. 5.9" / 15 cm tall (from tallest point to base ) x c. 5.5" / 14 cm wide (base diameter) x c. 7.9" / 20 cm in length (from forehead to end of tail)
Unpackaged weight: c. 0.4 kg / 408 g

NOTES
Dish will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured.
Shipping will be combined for multiple items.

A BIT OF HISTORY

Blue Mountain Pottery was founded by Josef Weider in Collingwood, Ontario just after World War II, and was named after the neighbouring Blue Mountains. Blue Mountain Pottery, also known as BMP, produced a range of pieces such as kitchenware, vases, ashtrays and bowls, as well as a variety of animal forms.

The Blue Mountain glaze effect was hand-produced with a 2-step brush and dip process, resulting in each piece being unique. Blue Mountain Pottery eventually closed in December 2004.