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TCC welcomes everyone who shares our love for the beauty and technical proficiency of British transferware including Blue and White, Staffordshire Pottery, Pearlware, Romantic and more... Join us and receive access to our benefits!


Database of Patterns and Sources

16,203 patterns and 1047 sources and still growing.


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New issue 4 times a year, plus archive available online.

Final notice of membership renewal

If you received a postcard in the mail reminding you to renew your membership, please do so as soon as possible. Members who do not renew by April 1 will be removed from our member list on April 1. Renewal will enable you to have continued access to all the Members Only features, including our Pattern Database, which now has over 16,000 recorded patterns, as well as continued receipt of our quarterly Bulletin in print, and downloading of all past bulletins (20 years worth!). 

At this uncertain time, let's all take joy in the things around us, and for transferware collectors everywhere, more time for study and reflection on all things blue and white (and other colors, too).

TCC Board Announces Postponement of the 2020 Annual Meeting

In light of current estimates provided by the federal government that the Covid-19 pandemic could be with us well into the summer or longer, the TCC Board of Directors has voted to postpone the 2020 annual meeting, originally scheduled for October 15-18, until the following year. This decision was not taken lightly, but the health and safety of our members, many of whom are senior citizens, is of our utmost concern.

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of member Leslie Bouterie, most of the extensive planning already completed can still be implemented in 2021. Until we meet again in the next year, we send our sincerest wish for good health and well-being for all members and their families. Please contact  TCC President Scott Hanson if you have any questions or if you would like to volunteer to help with the 2021 meeting.

2019 Paul and Gladys Richards Charitable Foundation Research Grant Recipient

George Haggarty, Scotland
Project TitleA Catalog of Transfer-printed Pottery Produced by Scotland’s East Coast Potteries Prior to 1850.

Haggarty says, "In this paper I will use both extant examples and shards recovered archaeologically to highlight what evidence we have, for production of transfer printed wares, by the potteries situated between Portobello and Prestonpans."   Read article.

Single-Chambered Muffle Kiln

The enamel single-chambered muffle kiln at Gladstone Pottery Museum

No two bottle ovens or kilns were the same. Many, almost all of them, were built without architects drawings or plans. They were built 'by eye' based on the experience of the builder and the verbal requirements of the factory owner. Bottle oven builders were known to build an oven from scratch in 6 weeks.

The terms, bottle oven and bottle kiln, are often used interchangeably but this can sometimes get confusing. To most of us they mean the same thing - a complex brick-built, bottle-shaped structure for the firing of pottery or associated materials. But there is a technical difference between the two.  Read more.See more images.

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Images and text provided by Terry Woolliscroft October 2019.

Send us your favorite photo and caption for consideration as an upcoming Photo of the Month for inclusion on the TCC web site, Facebook site, and monthly eNews: webadmin@transcollectorsclub.org

TCC Raffle Donations Requested

First donation received! Coffee pot, Basket of Flowers pattern, maker unknown.

Are you paring down or "refining" your transferware collection? Making space for new acquisitions? Please consider donating your treasures to the TCC Raffle to be held at 2020 Annual Meeting in October.

For this extremely popular event, a limited number of high-quality items are donated by TCC members, raffle tickets are sold, and winners are announced at the meeting. All proceeds support the educational programs of the club.

Raffle donations conforming to the following criteria are currently being sought: items must be in excellent condition and have an individual or collective value of $200 or greater. Rare or unusual items are especially desirable. All donors will be acknowledged and, as the TCC is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, donations are tax-deductible for U.S. citizens and appropriate letters of donation will be provided.

Members interested in making donations or learning more about the TCC Raffle are encouraged to contact TCC 2020 Raffle Chairs: Jim Poles (jim120253@aol.com) or Nancy Parks (nancyfparks@gmail.com).


Gladstone Pottery Museum Walk Through

Thank you to Terry Woolliscroft for directing us to this exciting walk through tour of the Gladstone Pottery Museum.  Those of us who have visited will enjoy “returning”, and those who have never visited will profit from this virtual visit, and hopefully will be inspired to visit in person.  Link to virtual tour.

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BULLETIN! TCC 2019 Number 3

Bulletin cover

Read the issue's featured article:  One view, two artists, eight patterns. Members, read the entire issue  here.

The TCC Bulletin Index -- incorporating listings of articles from the Fall 1999 issue through to the most recent issue, Vol.XX No. 3, 2019 -- has been updated as of December 2019. A rich resource! Read it  here.


New Film

Bound By Clay: Celebrating Women’s Contribution to Ceramics in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.

film link

Link here to YouTube.


Thanks to Loren Zeller and Phil Rowley for bringing this to our attention.

Pattern of the Month

Tomb of the Emperor Shah Jehan

Tomb of the Emperor Shah Jehan

Shown is an 18.25 inch platter titled “Tomb of the Emperor Shah Jehan.” It was made by John Hall (& Sons) around 1825. Visit  more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.

Thanks to Judie Siddall for preparing the “Pattern of the Month".

Tile Display of the Month

Framed Oval Center Flower

Framed Oval Center Flower

This framed oval flower is old fashioned in concept, but aesthetic in the unusual elements making up the frame and the flower within.  More images.

Thanks to Connie Rogers and Kurt O’Hare for preparing the “Tile Display of the Month”.

Volunteers Needed for 2020 Meeting

Planning is underway for the 2020 TCC Annual Meeting and Leslie Bouterie has generously offered to lead the effort again as Chair of the Annual Meeting Committee. Organizing the meeting involves too many tasks for one or two people to handle and additional volunteers are essential for the meeting to take place.

Volunteers are needed to be responsible for Logistics, Programming, Promotion, Administration, the Transferware Sale, and the Raffle. Several people expressed interest during the recent meeting in Birmingham, but several more are needed. If you have interest in learning more about the available positions, please contact Leslie Bouterie at  leslie.bouterie@gmail.com.Thank you!

Classified Ad

For Sale

A large collection of predominantly red and white Transferware - more than 100 pieces in all — mostly plates but also bowls, tureens, platters, tea pots, saucers and demitasse sets. Would prefer to sell or have auctioned the entire set. Collectors, Dealers and Auctioneers please contact: abrawilkin@gmail.com

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Classified Ad

WANTED - "Sydenham"

In search of "Sydenham" pattern by Joseph Clementson, preferably in blue but other colors considered.  The pattern dates to circa 1852 to 1864 and may have also been manufactured by his successor, Clementson Brothers.  Read more.

Henrywood's Highlights Number Thirty-Seven of an Ongoing Series

Everard, Colclough & Townsend
The little-known and short-lived firm of Everard, Colclough & Townsend worked in Longton, probably from about 1840 through to the end of June 1845. At the time of writing, the TCC database has no records of any wares from the factory – possibly they had little trade with America – but they certainly made some distinctive transferware jugs.  More information. Visit the  Article Archives.

The Paul and Gladys Richards Foundation Research Grant Program

Canadian Advertising Pot Lids

Gift Memberships

by Bruce Pynn

2016 The Paul and Gladys Richards Foundation Research Grant Program - Winner

Advertising pot lids can be found from many countries particularly Englishspeaking nations and are collected by a dedicated group of enthusiasts across the world. Get more information.

Classified Ads on the TCC Web Site

Members Welcome to Post Ads!

Did you know that your TCC membership entitles you to free advertising on our site? Check out all our classified ads,and consider placing your own!

Your TCC Bulletin Editor is Soliciting!

Bulletin sample article page

Your TCC Bulletin Editor is soliciting--for articles, that is! The Bulletin needs your fresh contributions about transferware: research articles, rare or previously unrecorded patterns or variations on well-known themes, unusual forms, source prints, personal experiences and interpretations, highlights from your collections. All contributions are welcome and appreciated. Contact Richard Halliday at blueandwhite@btinternet.com.

The Database Needs Editors

Database detectiveDo you love a good mystery? Do you fancy yourself to be a Sherlock Holmes or Miss Marple?

If your answer is “yes”, then you are the perfect candidate to join the ranks of TCC Database Detectives! Download more information.

Now Available

Transferware Collectors Club Gift Memberships

Gift Memberships

Give your favorite transferware enthusiast the gift of a one-year membership to the Transferware Collectors Club! Gift recipients receive a handsome certificate verifying their membership as your gift, enabling them to take advantage of the same benefits that you enjoy. More information.

Transferware Exhibition Web Sites Co-Sponsored by TCC

spode exhibition image Visit three exciting web sites co-sponsored by The Transferware Collectors Club -- Spode Exhibition On Line, Patriotic America, and Printed British Pottery and Porcelain. Read the Patriotic America press release or Printed British Pottery and Porcelain press release.

Featured Books

American Historical English Pink: American Views on English Transferware

by Margie Williams

In addition to recording not only the potter and his pottery but the known forms and colors, she also provides a glimpse into the historical significance of every magical motif.  Link to book here.

Dishy Animals ABC: An Alphabet Book for Children and Adults

by Judie Siddall

A Schiffer Book for Collectors. Over 440 vivid color images display the wide range of ceramics produced by the English pottery firm, established by Josiah Spode in the 1760s and continuing today. (With Price Guide)   Link to book.

Featured Articles

Pots of Orchids: the Spode Bateman Connection

by Pam Woolliscroft

Woolliscroft says, "I have a fondness for botanical illustration and a passion for pots. It is these personal interests together with my role as Curator at the Spode museum which led to me noticing the elements of this story. It is a tale of discovery - an unexpected connection between a Staffordshire pottery and a Staffordshire plantsman."  Read this article.

"QUEENSWARE BY THE CRATE" Ceramic Products as Advertised in the St. Louis Marketplace 1810-1850

by Robert Mazrim, John Walthall

This paper focuses on ceramics advertised in St. Louis newspapers between 1809 and 1850. The bulk of references to ceramics in these advertisements referred to inexpensive refined British earthenwares, which were generically called "Queenswares." While that term was coined by Wedgwood to refer to his creamware product lines, the term was soon used to refer to most inexpensive British earthenwares, including post- 1780 pearlware and post-1830 whiteware.  Read this article.


What is my transferware piece worth?

What's it worth?  The simple answer – whatever you can get for it – has truth but doesn’t explain why. More | Other FAQs

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Hansons Announces Fine Art Auction for April 2-3, 2020

Hansons Auctioneers are proud to be offering a large quantity of blue and white transferware (and other colours) in their April Fine Art sale to be held at Bishton Hall, Wolseley Bridge, Staffordshire.  Read More. Link to auction.

Please  contact us if you are offering or know of an upcoming auction with an emphasis on transferware.

Dr. Richard Halliday Assumes New Position with Hansons Auctioneers.

Long-time TCC member and board member, Dr Richard Halliday, joins   Hansons Auctioneers in the UK as Head of Ceramics and Glass. 
In one of his main roles, Richard will source ceramics for the department of Curated Ceramics and Glass at Bishton Hall. This specialist department deals very differently with collections than most other auction houses.  Learn more.

2020 Paul and Gladys Richards Charitable Foundation Research Grant Program
Grant applications must be received by May 4th. Application forms are available for  download.
Read press release.

American Ceramic Circle Invites Grant Applications

The ACC awards annual grants to individuals to provide assistance for costs associated with scholarly research that reflects the general interest of ACC members. Grant amounts vary depending on the project but do not exceed $5000 and are not intended for projects involving commercial profit.  Applications are due by April 1 of each year.
For more information go to: americanceramiccircle.org/grants.html

The Spode Museum Trust Seeks Funding for Its 250th Anniversary Display of the Spode Collection

In Partnership with Portmeirion, the current Spode brand owner, the Trust plans to celebrate Spode’s 250th Anniversary by opening an exhibition in the Old Museum space with new displays from the collection held in storage since the factory’s closing over ten years ago. These new displays will feature the company’s outstanding ceramic production including the classic Georgian Greek, Caramaniam and Italian patterns as well as pattern books, order books and much more.

In order to complete their work, the Trust needs to raise £35,000 (approximately $46,000 US) to renovate the Old Museum space and the existing showcases, create the new displays and to link the original museum space to the existing Heritage Center opening in May 2020. The renovated space and new exhibits will take the Heritage Centre to a new level making the full range of Spode production available for future generations to enjoy.
Read more.

TCC Announces Legacy Program

Donors who are committed to ensuring the future of the Transferware Collectors Club (TCC) by making a donation while living or by including a bequest in their estate plan will be pleased to learn that the TCC has just announced a Legacy Program designed to support these objectives.  Learn more.

The Transferware Collectors Club (TCC) has relaunched three important online exhibition sites with new functionality and content enhancements.

With nearly one hundred thousand visitors to its three online exhibition sites, The Transferware Collectors Club (TCC) reaffirms its commitment to providing a quality experience for visitors by relaunching the following three important exhibitions, now with new functionality and content:

• Spodeceramics.com, first launched in 2012 in partnership with the Winterthur Museum

• Americanhistoricalstaffordshire.com, branded Patriotic America, debuted in 2014 in collaboration with Historic New England, and

• Printedbritishpotteryandporcelain.com in partnership with the Northern Ceramic Society, was launched in 2015

Rich with content for ceramic collectors, researchers, authors, curators, and historic archaeologists, the sites are sure to deliver value for their visitors. The exhibition’s curators continue to enhance them and, now, with site application upgrades, including a new magnification feature and upgraded content management capabilities, the TCC and its collaborators are pleased to relaunch these exhibits, all free to a worldwide audience.
Download press release

Recorder News Issue 23
March 2020

With the new year long behind us, we have continued hunting for interesting items to show you. Success this time comes with previously unrecorded scenes in the Godwin Scott’s Novels series and the attractive “British Views” series.
Read more.


Please send us information on relevant transferware-related events.

Updated Membership List: Please Confirm Your Contact Information
The TCC provides a contact list to our members, only.  Please note that the list is not to be used for commercial purposes. Please review the list, and advise the member chair of any changes in your own listing or of other members you might be acquainted with.
Contact the Membership Chair
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Davenport in the Madison Family Dining Room

Read about the Davenport Bamboo & Peony pattern used at President James Madison’s Montpelier. TCC members have donated pieces of this pattern to Montpelier. No doubt, additional donations would be welcomed. Link here.

Ceramic Sherds at Montpelier

Read about the excavation, assembly and identification of ceramic sherds at Montpelier.
Link here.

A Tear for Poland (see the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources for additional information on this pattern).

TCC member and Database Category Editor Leslie Bouterie avidly volunteers at Montpelier, and has identified numerous patterns

The 2019 Anual Meeting Raffle raised $ 830.00
20th Anniversary mugs raised $236.00

1. Kim Graham
2. Benny Jesseman
3. Carol Strom
4. Karen Beare
5. Juliana Falk
Raffle Winners & Donors.

Updated Donor List
Transferware Collectors Club is extremely grateful for the generous contributions this past year which continue to help to make its programs and resources possible. Download the list of
2019 donors.

Friends of the Spode Museum
TCC Members and Subscribers may make tax deductible donations to support the outstanding effort by the Spode Museum Trust Heritage Center with their restoration initiatives by sending a check in U.S. Dollars (payable to American Friends of the Spode Museum) to: 47 Roselyn Terrace, San Francisco, CA 94118.
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The TCC Bulletin Index -- incorporating listings of articles from the Fall 1999 issue through to the most recent issue, Vol.XX No. 3, 2019 -- has been updated as of December 2019. A rich resource! Read it  here.

Classified Advertisements
We are now accepting simple classified (not display) advertisements from TCC member transferware dealers as well as non-dealer members.  There is no charge for this member service. Following are the criteria:
• Limited to three quality images of item(s) for sale or example(s) of an item(s) you wish to purchase.
• Include a very short description paragraph, including a link to your website and/or email address.
• Dealers must be TCC members, limited to once/year maximum.
• Requests will be processed in the order received, and there is no guarantee as to when your ad will be posted.
• The TCC Web Administrator at his/her discretion has the right to reject inappropriate  or inadequate submittals.

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Tantalized? Join the TCC! Over 14,000 patterns in the TCC Pattern Database! The membership year is from July 1 through June 30, so now is a good time to renew or join. See membership registration and information here.

Help Needed
As the TCC strives to grow its membership and programs, there is a need for more volunteer support. The TCC needs your help! Read more.

Results of Recent Auctions Advertised on the TCC Website and eNews


The Masonic Hall, Philadelphia plate recently offered by TCC member Richard Marden sold for $7000, significantly over the $5000 reserve.

A ca. 1793 President Washington and Eagle medallion plate recently offered by TCC member Peter Scott sold for $9500.


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