The Paul and Gladys Richards Foundation Research Grant Program
TCC Announces 2016 Richards Foundation Research Grant Awards
The TCC is pleased to announce the following 2016 recipients of research grants for the study of British transfer-printed ceramics:
Dick Henrywood, UK
Study Title: Transferware Recorder IV – Selected Patterns from Literature
Planned Project Completion Date: December 2017
Bob Houghhton, UK
Study Title: A Guide to Advertising Pot Lids
Planned Project Completion Date: Q1 2017
Bruce Pynn, Canada
Study Title: Canadian Transferware Advertising Pot Lids
Planned Project Completion Date: Fall 2017
Featured Presentations from the 2016 Annual Meeting
At the 2016 Annual Meeting held in Charlottesville, Virginia, eight speakers enthusiastically engaged meeting participants with presentations on a variety of transferware topics. Among the speakers were two very popular presenters from the UK, Pat Halfpenny and Richard Halliday. Funding from The Paul and Gladys Richards Charitable Foundation Grants for the Research of British Transferware enabled the Club to provide stipends to these two featured speakers to assist with travel expenses. Pat and Richard provided engrossing presentations which highlighted the talented craftsmen involved in the creation of transfer prints: the artists, designers, and engravers; as well as details about the copperplate printing process. The TCC is pleased to share these two content-rich presentations with all club members and transferware enthusiasts. Please note: the Halliday presentation is copyrighted. Please do not reproduce in any fashion without the express permission of the author.
Pat Halfpenny, Curator Emerita of Ceramics and Glass at Winterthur Museum and Gardens in Wilmington, DE, author, lecturer, researcher, and scholar, provided a fascinating talk examining transfer-printed designs from conception to manufacture. In a presentation entitled “Where do patterns come from? or Who said Delaware looked like this?” she focused on a group of objects at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent that all have credible provenances linking them to the pattern designer (an independent artist), the pattern engraver (and the independent engraving company he worked for) and the manufacturers for whom the work was done. In the course of her research she discerned how a group of printed plates, hand-written paper labels, a collection of drawings, and tissue pulls provided important clues as to how a pattern was conceived, produced and adapted for production in the period from the late 1820’s to 1860’s. download pdfRichard Halliday, noted author, antiques dealer, transferware expert and Spode Museum Trustee, shared the research in which he is currently engaged pursuant to his PhD program in his talk “Copperplate Engraving: Process Documentation”. Scouring the copperplate archives at the Spode factory site, and working in close collaboration with a former Spode engraver, Richard has been examining, photographing, and documenting the engraving process. This process, while known, had never been fully documented from start to finish. In this presentation, all stages of the process are shown, carefully detailed, and clearly explained: from visiting the coppersmith to buy a sheet of copper to the finished transferware. download pdf
Richard Halliday, Market Harborough, UK
Study Title: Transferware Medical and Toilet Wares 1780-1850
Study Abstract: To produce a book that deals specifically and comprehensively with medical and toilet wares. The book will: allow for comparison of factories and how the development of the wares changed over time; be divided into shape-specific sections that will include, when available, shape book images, source images, and non-transferware pieces for comparison; and will include the extent to which the wares were exported. Submission of images will be requested from collectors to get them interested and involved.
Contributions to the field of transferware studies: The study will: bring all medical and toilet ware information together in one work; allow cross-promotion of transferware and other non-transferware areas of interest and collecting, for example, wares made from metal, wood, and other ceramics; bring the community of transferware enthusiasts together through inviting submissions; and, most importantly, share knowledge, ideas, research, and promote transferware to a wide audience.
Planned Completion Date: December 2017
Daniel Schavelzon, Ph.D., Buenos Aires, Argentina
Study Title: Transferware images of Latin America made by British factories (1850-1900): the case of Argentina
Study Abstract: To publish a paper and book of transferware images of Latin America specific to Argentina made by British factories. Research will include identification of patterns, makers, and source prints and will attempt to determine why the patterns were chosen.
Contribution to the field of transferware studies: The study will contribute to the knowledge of British transferware in the previously unstudied area of Latin American images.
Download the Article.
John Simpson, West Sussex, England, UK
Study Title: Earthenware of H & R Daniel 1822 - 1854
Study Abstract: To publish a not-for-profit book on the earthenware of H & R Daniel, with Bryan Beardmore as co-author. The work will include transfer-printed earthenware and establish which patterns can safely be attributed to Daniel.
Contribution to the field of transferware studies: The availability of a comprehensive and extensively illustrated work will help raise awareness of H & R Daniel as an important manufacturer of transferware and facilitate attributions in the future. Link to book.
Richard Henrywood, Devon, UK
The Transferware Recorder No. 1: Selected British Views; to support the cost of printing 400 copies. For information about ordering, please email.
Paul and Kath Holdway, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, UK
Pottery Processes used at the Spode Factory; digitize 2,300 historically important slides and black and white negatives showing the pottery processes used at the Spode factory.
Allen Chace Miller, Jr., Hudson, New York
A Blue Lined Dining Set (British Views); to identify the shards and maker of a 145 piece dinner service set purchased by George Clarke (1777 -1835), builder of Hyde Hall, from George Dummer, a New York and Albany importer and retailer.
2013 Annual Meeting Research and Presentations
Provided two lectures on Spode. View text and images of one of her lectures --"Pots of Orchids: the Spode Bateman Connection."
"The Italian Pattern: The story of an iconic 19th Century transferware design"
To perform a comprehensive study exploring the introduction of Spode’s famous Italian pattern. The study included exploring how the pattern was produced and/or copied by many other potters in the early nineteenth century and explaining how this was allowed in the period prior to the copyright act; and cataloging the different potters producing the pattern and showing the variation in their approach, including shapes, colors, quality of wares, etc. The core of the work was photographing and cataloging the Andrew and Adrienne Richards collection of the Italian pattern and organizing and expanding Andrew’s research of the pattern where needed, including adding special pieces of the pattern accessible in museums and/or private collections. View completed project. Purchase the book via Lulu.com.
Provided two lectures incorporating new research to the 2011 Baltimore Annual Meeting. View detailed summary of The Mysterious Mr. Marshall, Plagiarist Extraordinaire.
Summarized his two 2011 Baltimore Annual Meeting presentations and Richards Foundation grant research. Download Swansea's Printed Wares: A Reassessment
Developed content for an online exhibition of British transferware decorated with American themes. View completed project.
Develop an overview of the "Importance of Transferware in the Ceramic Output of European Potteries for the South-East Asian Market." (Article temporarily withdrawn for revision.)
Develop a "Catalog of the Greeves Collection of Transfer-Printed Pickle Dishes and Milseys with a Social and Historical Commentary."
In this excellent 202-page publication, Richard documents the outstanding and one-of-a-kind collection of the late Robin Greeves and provides an interesting social and historical perspective for these two often misunderstood forms of transfer-printed Staffordshire pottery. Richard's study includes a discussion of the role of "pickles" on 18th and 19th century English tables, a review of how pickle dishes and milseys were used, and a comprehensive and well-organized catalog of patterns and shapes. Following the cataloging this unique collection for Richard's research project, the collection was sold in lots at auction. The project includes literally hundreds of quality images of these two unusual forms which are skillfully organized by shapes and patterns. This is a document you will surely want to add to your library.
Now available for purchase in hardcover.
Download pdf free of charge. Note: this is a very large document; please allow ample time for download.
Develop content for an online exhibition of Spode transferware designed to advance the education and awareness of Spode transferware and to reach a broad internet audience of collectors, researchers, students and historians of the British Pottery Industry. View Completed Project
Introduce some certainty in the attributions for the ambiguous marks found on filled-in transfer Chinoiserie patterns on pearlware made in the 1820's.
View completed project
View Completed Project
Research Ben Franklin's claim in correspondence to a friend in 1773 that he had invented the transferware process 20 years earlier and publish findings.
View Completed Project
Develop/update and publish a comprehensive catalog of all known transfer-printed views of localities in the British Isles. For information about ordering, please email.
Thanks to committee members Pat Halfpenny, Jackie Overman, Wes Palmer, Michael Weinberg, and past member Dick Wagner, for their substantial efforts.