About the Artist:
Blue Mountain Pottery is a Canadian company located in Collingwood, Ontario. It was founded in 1953 by Dennis Tupy and Jozo Wieder and closed in 2004. Originally producing hand-painted ski motifs on purchased blanks, production of the red clay items started in 1953. The studio went on to produce various types of pottery, from animal figurines to jugs, pots and vases. The company’s products have a large fan base and are collected worldwide.
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.
This pottery is widely collected and has spawned the Blue Mountain Pottery Collectors’ Club.
Manufactured in the early 1980s by Blue Mountain Pottery, this polar bear porcelain figurine exemplifies the reflowing decorative technique of blending of a lighter glaze with a darker one, more specifically in this sculpture, green with black. When in sunlight or highlighted by an art lamp, the green of the polar bear takes on an iridescent quality. The bear, standing majestically, growls out to its surroundings.
The sculpture is in excellent vintage condition, free of cracks, chips or crazing.
This beautiful polar bear porcelain would make for a wonderful gift for any occasion and for any living room, library or home office. For those who collect Blue Mountain Pottery product, this figurine would add value and beauty to such a collection.