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July 2018
Clay College Stoke: New Technical College for Studio Ceramics

link to website

June 2018
New information website: Victorian Ointment Pots

Paul Barker has been collecting Victorian bottles and pots for many years. He started with the relatively common Thomas Holloway pots, the Clarke's pots and the Poor Man's Friend pots from Dr. Roberts. Following his visits to specialist regional bottle fairs, he was able to find a few of the more scarcer pots. He has been hunting high and low for new pots to add to his collection. link to website

June 2018
Wonderful North Carolina jug

View Antiques Roadshow video of a rare Liverpool jug "A North View of Govr. Wallace’s Shell Castle & Harbour North Carolina”. Valued by the Roadshow appraiser at $8,000-$12,000, with only one other documented example known. Thanks to TCC members Cerelle Bolon and Loren Zeller. Link to Video

May 2018
Historic 1978 Last Bottle Oven Firing to be Commemorated by Gladstone Museum



August and September 2018
More information

Download Gladstone Bottle flyer

March 2018
Dining by Design: Nature Displayed on the Dinner Table Exhibit


April 2, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library More information.
March 2018
James Madison’s Montpelier Archaeology Expeditions


Montpelier announces its 2018 Excavation Expedition and Other Programs. More information.

March 2018
Blue and White Ceramics: An Enduring Global Obsession

Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois: Through August 30, 2018

The exhibition centers on Chinese blue and white porcelain collected and emulated around the world. Potters around the world attempted to mimic the aesthetic qualities of blue and white porcelain, making faience (Delftware) and other ceramics. The exhibition will include American, Chinese, Dutch, English, German, Swedish, and Turkish ceramics from the Ming Dynasty to the present day. More information.

January 2018
Historic Eastfield New York 2018 Workshops

For four decades, the Annual Series of Early American Trades and Historic Preservation Workshops has offered workshops and symposia in the traditional trades and domestic arts. The goal is to maintain the highest educational standards, with instructors who are leaders in their fields. The in-depth, hands-on workshops appeal to a wide range of students, including tradesmen, craftsmen, and museum personnel seeking to advance their knowledge and skills, as well as homeowners looking to deal with issues concerning historic home maintenance & restoration. Link to 2018 Workshops.

January 2018
Festival of Bottle Ovens

 

More information

January 2018
Pots With Attitude, British Museum Exhibition

12 January - 11 March, 2018

Ceramics are rarely confrontational, but the pugnacious mugs, jugs and plates in Pots with Attitude: Satirical and Political Prints on Ceramics, a display at the British Museum, are exceptions. Here, utilitarian creamwares and pearlwares are transformed with images appropriated from contemporary engravings into militant wares, fragile platforms criticising the latest political propaganda or blunder. Additional information and images.
More information.
January 2018
Dining by Design: Nature Displayed on the Dinner Table Exhibit

Opening April 2, 2018
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
More information at Winterthur’s web site and blog.

January 2018
TCC Outreach to the Archaeology Community

The new year brought new outreach opportunities for the TCC. In January, 2018 the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) held its annual conference in New Orleans, and with the endorsement and encouragement of the Board, the TCC actively and successfully participated in several facets of the event. More Information.

December 2017
The Spode Museum Trust


The Spode Museum Trust has informed us that work on the new frontage is now complete and that the museum, art gallery, shop, and tearoom are open for business Wednesday - Sunday 10:30 am-4 pm. The excellent improvements can be seen in these before and after photos. The shop, located in Stoke-on-Trent, England, boasts a fine selection of handmade gifts available for sale as well as a fine range of vintage and antique Spode and Copeland ceramics. Every penny spent in the store supports the work of the Spode Museum Trust. Congratulations to the Spode Museum Trust committee members and volunteers. Click on image for enlarged view.
December 2017
Minton Archive Announces Pattern Books Now Available.


More Information
December 2017
New Version of the TCC Database of Patterns & Sources Launched at Annual Meeting

The second generation of the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources was launched during our meeting in Charlottesville. Get more information.

Not a member? To access the full data base search, become a member for year-round access or purchase a limited-time 24-hour search.

Inquires about the Database of Patterns and Sources should be directed to the club's president, Loren Zeller, at president@transcollectorsclub.org

November 2017
TCC President:  Loren steps down, Scott steps up.

Thanks to Loren Zeller for 12 years of exemplary service as TCC President! We welcome Scott Hanson as our new president. Watch for a Special eNews with much more information.

August 2017
2017 TCC Research Grant Recipients

Helen Hallesy, UK
Study Title:  Swansea Commemorative Pottery:  Politics, Reform, Royalty, Wars

Loren Zeller, USA; Richard Halliday, UK
Study Title:  The Chinoiserie Invasion:  British Transferware in the Chinese Style 1750-1900
read more about studies

Flow Blue International Collectors’ Club Announces England Tour
Flow Blue International

Journey to Staffordshire and London from October 8th to 14th with the Flow Blue International Collectors’ Club and Patricia Halfpenny, English ceramics expert and curator emerita at Winterthur! The tour will focus on the history of transferware production to better understand the origins of flow blue and mulberry. For more information and questions, contact Meg MacDonald, Travel Muse Inc., at meg@travelmuse.net, 617-480-0250 or 1-877-716-1776 toll free in the U.S.

April 2017
WINTERTHUR CERAMICS UP CLOSE: HANDS-ON STUDY DAYS

APRIL 20–21, 2017

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March 2017
The First Day’s Vase

Christies Images Limited

An important part of Britain's ceramic heritage, a black basalt vase made by Josiah Wedgwood, is in danger of disappearing overseas forever unless the money can be raised to save it for the UK. The First Day’s Vase is one of only four pieces that we know for certain were actually made by the master potter himself.

Josiah Wedgwood moulded the vase with his own hands, on the day that his Etruria Works opened in June 1769, while his business partner Thomas Bentley turned a large wheel to provide power for the throwing wheel. The four vases were then sent to the firm’s decorating shop in Chelsea to be painted. Each one is different and therefore unique.

Wedgwood indicated that he did not wish these vases ever to be sold, and the First Day’s Vase remained in the family’s ownership until last year. From 1981 until 2016 the vase was on loan to the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, where it was seen and enjoyed by many thousands of people. Last year the owner withdrew it from display and sent it to auction at Christies where it was bought by an overseas buyer for £482,500.
The Minister of State placed a temporary bar on the export licence for the vase to give the museum the chance to match the auction price. This has now been extended until 14th July in recognition of the serious intent shown by the fundraising appeal which is being spearheaded by the Friends of the Museum charity. Since the start of the campaign on 1st February we have raised more than £180,000, including local pledges and donations, as well as major grants from the Art Fund (£90K) and the Victoria & Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund (£60K). The level of local giving has been particularly impressive, as it demonstrates that people in North Staffordshire care deeply about their heritage. But every penny counts and the Friends are appealing to anyone who cares about ceramic history to donate and help secure this iconic vase for Stoke-on-Trent, where it belongs. For further information please see: www.stokemuseums.org.uk/savethevase 3/21/17

Brighton Museum (England) Willett Collection Endangered


TCC President Loren Zeller prepared a letter regarding the threatened Willett Collection commemorative pottery display at Brighton Museum, England. Pottery enthusiasts are encouraged to contact the Brighton & Hove City Council and urge the council to ensure that this most valuable collection remains on public view. More information and contacts. Additional information.
Minton Archives on Display
Minton Archives

The Minton Company’s archive, consisting of tens of thousands of documents relating to company and factory life, was recently presented to the City of Stoke-on-Trent. The Welcome Home Minton display is now open to the public at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. The display is a multimedia presentation of original archive material, physical objects and a touch table which allows visitors to explore the digitized content so far.
Refurbished Wedgwood Museum Opens in Barlaston
Wedgwood Museum Opens in Barlaston

It has been 10 months since the historic Wedgwood Museum ceramic collection was saved. Now, a new museum housing the vast collection has opened to the public at the £34m World of Wedgwood attraction in Barlaston, Staffordshire. Note: we’ll be visiting the new museum as part of our upcoming October Meeting and Tour. More Information.

Auction News

This extraordinary Deakin & Son 23.25” H jug sold on January 17, 2015 at Clars Auctions for $950. More Information.

January 2015
Winterthur Museum and TCC Sponsored Exhibit
Winterthur Museum

Winterthur Museum and TCC Sponsored Exhibit: Transferware, A Story of Patterns & Color.

More Information.

June 2014
AGM and Conference

Our sister transferware club, the Friends of Blue, held its AGM and Conference June 22, 2014 at Sharpe's Pottery Museum, Swadlincote in Derbyshire. The meeting feature talks by Dick Henrywood and Trevor Kentish. Members brought pots to display on the "Blue Table" for discussion and hopefully identification. There was also a sales table. For information, contact Sue Wagstaff at sue.wagstaff2@btinternet.com.

2014
2014 Annual Meeting Survey

2014 Annual Meeting Survey
: In January of this year, the TCC conducted a members-only survey via email to better understand member preferences with regards to our annual meeting. Read more. Members, review the full survey results.

2014
2014 Annual Meeting Survey

Transferware videos
Willow china and children's plates videos, featuring Martha Stewart with TCC member Rita Cohen (watch video) and with dealer Mo Wajselfish (watch video.)

2014
Donors and Winners of the 2014 TCC Raffle Fund Raiser
raffle raffle winners

Thank you to donors, Robert Conn, Frank Davenport, Peg Mauzy, Connie Rogers, Michael Sack, Judie & Dick Wagner, Loren Zeller, Richard and Cher Zillman. Special thank you to Leslie Bouterie, Frank Davenport and Michael Weinberg for promotion and sales, exceptionally well done. And thanks to our many raffle participants and winners (see below).

 

October 2014
Paul Scott Lecture at Harvard Ceramics in Boston

A noted artist, author and gardener, the talks will present his own work as re-animator o f the forgotten, discarded or broken, woven into a wider narrative. More information.
April 2014
Spode Museum Trust
Spode frontgate


The Spode Museum Trust has announced an expansion of its exhibits and new visitor hours. Read more.

What a facelift! The front Church Street Entrance of the Spode Works has been painstaking restored by Stoke Council to a very high standard. More.

April 2014
Spode Works Visitor Centre Expands
spode works plate rack
The Spode Museum Trust has announced an expansion of its exhibits and new visitor hours. Read more.
January 2014
Goldberg-Brown Collection Historical Transferware Auction
tureen

Pook & Pook auctioned 594 lots of spectacular Historical Transferware. Read Lita Solis-Cohen's Maine Antique Digest summary of the auction.
January 2014
The Romance of Old Blue: collecting and displaying Old Blue Staffordshire China in the American Home c. 1870-1928

New article by Anne Anderson: "The Romance of Old Blue: collecting and displaying Old Blue Staffordshire China in the American Home c. 1870-1928". Access the article. (Note: you can download the text as a linked PDF, but the images will not be included.)

June 2014
Queensware Direct from the Potteries: U. S. Importers of Staffordshire Ceramics in Antebellum America, 1820 – 1860
Eagle Mark
Request for Help with Importers Study

John Walthall, of the Illinois State Museum Research & Collections Center, writes "I am in the process of revising the recently published ebook, Queensware Direct from the Potteries: U. S. Importers of Staffordshire Ceramics in Antebellum America, 1820 – 1860. I have a few more importer’s marks to add to the Directory, some updates, etc. I would greatly appreciate any help that TCC members can provide in my effort to make this research tool as complete and useful as possible." More information. Email John Walthall.
2014
Pots, Tools and Techniques of Early Potters

A Really Great Resource

Don Carpentier (the founder of Eastfield Village in New York state) hosts a Facebook group page Pots, Tools and Techniques of Early Potters. You can spend hours exploring past entries and the many links to more great sites.
January 2014
Piers Wedgwood Obituary

Piers Wedgwood, who devoted his working life to the ceramic and decorative arts of the Wedgwood Brand as its international ambassador and keeper of the legacy of his fifth great-grandfather, Josiah Wedgwood, died January 29, 2014 of cardiac failure. Lord Wedgwood was a working member of the House of Lords with more than 25 years service on the Defense and Heritage Parliamentary Groups, as well as an active sportsman. Above all however, the Wedgwood Brand was Lord Wedgwood’s passion, beginning in the business in his teens cleaning the pottery kilns and learning production methods. It was soon clear, however, that his charm, speaking ability and uncanny resemblance to his ancestor Josiah made him the ideal and nearly irreplaceable spokesman for Wedgwood. For many years, Lord Wedgwood was closely identified with Wedgwood museums in England and Birmingham, Alabama, which includes the Buten Collection, formerly of Philadelphia. Full obituary.
January 2014
Beyond Blue: A one day symposium

The Museum Victoria and Albert, London

This symposium, held on Thursday, January 23, 2014, brought together leading academic researchers, industry experts and artists to discuss underglaze ceramic printing. More information and agenda.
January 2014
Goldberg-Brown Collection Historical Transferware Auction
Goldberg Brown tureen
Pook & Pook auctioned 594 lots of spectacular Historical Transferware. Read Lita Solis-Cohen's Maine Antique Digest summary of the auction.
December 2013
Hickman estate sale

An important collection of many pieces of British transferware from the Hickman estate was sold on December 12 and 13 by David Lay Auctions, The Penzance Auction House, Cornwall. Read Sue Wagstaff's report on the sale.

December 2013
Gladstone Pottery Museum

The Gladstone Pottery Museum in Stoke-on-Trent is threatened with budget reductions. Support by December 20 for the museum is requested. More Information.
October 2013
Facelift Spode Works
Spode Works front gatespode works couryardspoe works gate
What a facelift!
The front Church Street Entrance of the Spode Works has been painstaking restored by Stoke Council to a very high standard. The Gates and Rubbing Stones are original Spode c1800. The sign above the gates was designed by Harold Holdway and erected in 1960. When Carborundum owned the factory the letters "WT Copeland and Sons" were boarded over and painted as a red band. This was the face of Spode until closure in 2008, it subsequently fell into disrepair with the prospect of it falling down. Let's hope this iconic image fronts the regeneration of the Spode Works site in the not too distant future.

June 2013
Vivienne Schulman Manber obit

"It is with great sadness that I Inform you of the passing of my mother Vivienne Schulman Manber who always took great joy in her days at The Transfersware Collectors Club. Vivienne passed away on June 3 at home after a lengthy illness. Vivienne had a distinguished 42 year career at the State Department and retired in 1995 as Chief of Reference at the US Mission to the United Nations. She continued to enjoy the antiques business she ran with her husband in Rhinebeck, NY - Victorian Cupboard at the Beekman Arms Antiques Center. She is survived by her husband Malcolm Manber, her twin children Susan Manber and David Manber and grandchildren Max and Sarina Abraham."
--submitted by Susan Manber.

Note from the editor: Vee and Mal were among the earliest members of the TCC. They enthusiastically attended many of our annual meetings, and Vee often contributed to the Message Board by replying to even the most banal enquiries. We will all miss Vee! We extend our condolences to Mal and the entire Manber family.

June 2013
Handmade Transferware Interpretations

English ceramicist Phil Eglin utilizes images of blue and white transferware pieces and turns them into hand-made pieces as he interprets them. The result is a fresh and interesting look at familiar patterns. Exhibition in London June 20 - July 31, 2013. See examples below. (Click on images to see larger views.)

Barn Horses Jug
Elephant Tree Jug
Street Scene Jug
Tree Jug
 
Two Plates
Boats Lake Plate
Elephant Horse Plate  

June 2013
"British Views Needed"

Dick Henrywood is cataloging all known British views on transferware. He is missing several images for illustration. Please review the linked list, and contact Dick if you can provide images or news of where the images of any of the listed patterns may be found. See the linked list for examples and contact information

2013
New Articles page

New Articles page
collects all TCC website articles of interest. Read more.

Spode Heritage Exhibit to Open in This Year

Members Paul and Kath Holdway report that a temporary exhibition dedicated to the Spode factory, its people and products is planned to open later this year. With an aggressive July date for its opening in mind, the exhibition committee has appointed Susan Coates, of Coatesheritage.com, a two year commission as Museum Co-Coordinator. The municipal government, current owner of the historic Spode factory site in Stoke, has granted access to a facility on site for the exhibit. The exhibition will tell the social story of all the craftsmen and women that made a happy family business, on the same site since 1770’s. Planners will take advantage of the Spode Museum Trust's large collection of photography, film footage, archival material, and the more than 40,000 pots and 20,000 copper plates. With this temporary exhibit, the Museum Trust will only be able to display a fraction of the full Spode collection. Efforts continue for the purpose of establishing a permanent museum some time in the future.

December 2012
Exhibitions of Pots by the Northern Ceramics Society
Northern Ceramic Society jug


The exhibitions include many spectacular and fascinating transferware pieces. More information.

No Challenge to Wedgwood Museum Sell-Off Ruling

An appeal to Britain's high court to exclude the acclaimed Wedgwood ceramic collection and its prize-winning museum setting from the Wedgwood Company bankruptcy proceedings has failed. The High Court ruled in December that the Barlston attraction's artifacts were not held in trust and could, therefore, be sold by administrators to pay off debts. Gaye Blake-Roberts of the Wedgwood Museum stated that "the main aim now will be to ensure that this internationally important ceramic collection and archive is saved for the nation and remains permanently open to the public. A fund raising campaign will be launched in the forthcoming weeks to 'Save the Wedgwood Collection'."

January 2012
Hayden Goldberg obit

With profound sadness, the Transferware Collectors Club announces that on January 3, 2012, veteran transferware collector Hayden Goldberg died in the hospital in Brooklyn. He had been unwell after suffering a stroke last September. Hayden is survived by his partner of 56 years, Curtis F. Brown, a renowned author. Together, they lived in Brooklyn for the past 40 years. Hayden and Curtis began collecting “Old Blue” Staffordshire of American historical interest in 1963, and successfully amassed an encyclopedic collection of nearly all of the views in the field.

The TCC owes both Hayden and Curtis an incalculable debt for allowing the club access to their collection of almost 800 specimens for the purpose of photographing and documenting the items. The Goldberg/Brown Collection is the corpus of the printed designs that now illustrate the TCC’s current interactive on-line exhibit titled Patriotic America: Blue Printed Pottery Celebrating a New Nation. Patriotic America, produced in partnership with Historic New England and the Winterthur Museum, will serve as a definitive database of images of English printed pottery that illustrate important places and commemorate historical events of the early republic.

Hayden’s intellectual insights and scholarly contributions to the literature are well known among “Old Blue” collectors. In the July 1981 edition of The Magazine Antiques, he published “The Earliest Known Example of Historical Blue Staffordshire,” depicting an earthenware plate with a medallion portrait of George Washington and the arms of the United States. Hayden included in that article an illustration of a then-recent discovery, which remains unique to this day: a dark blue plate by Andrew Stevenson in the Large Roses Border Series, with the central view of "Halstead, Essex" and portrait medallions of Washington and Governor Clinton, excluding an Erie Canal vignette.
But perhaps most ambitious was his pair of articles, also in The Magazine Antiques, exploring “The Architecture of Charles Bulfinch on Historical Blue Staffordshire.” (“Part I: The Early Buildings” in July 1985 and “Part II: The Later Buildings” in February 1987).
Nonetheless, Hayden may go down in history for his and Curtis’s legendary lunch invitation to TCC members Ted Gallagher and Kurt O’Hare. As Ted described in the Spring-Summer 2010 issue of the TCC Bulletin, under the title “Generosity Unbound,” pre-cut sandwiches and soup were served in some of the rarest views in all of “Old Blue.” Food never tasted so good!

December 2011
Wedgwood Museum Saved!

It was announced just before Christmas that a judge at the High Court in Birmingham gave a verdict saying that the collection in the Wedgwood Museum, valued at £18 million, could be sold to help cover a £134 million pension deficit stemming back to the 2009 collapse of the Waterford Wedgwood pottery firm. This led to an outcry from the family, the local member of parliament, curators and ordinary Potteries folk, horrified by the idea that their region, which has already lost its pottery, coal and steel industries, could lose its proud heritage too. Experts believe any sale would undoubtedly see the collection broken up with the best items sold abroad. Happily on Christmas Eve, the Daily Telegraph was able to report that billionaire John Caudwell, who was born into a working class family in Stoke on Trent in the 1950s and who made his fortune from selling his home-grown mobile phone company, had stepped forward offering to keep the collection intact, in place and open to the public.

Obviously there are many formalities to be gone through, but it looks as though the Wedgwood Museum has been saved.

Thanks to Sue Wagstaff for this status report. Additional information.

November 2011
Spode Artist
Illenye Bowl and BirdIllenye Floral Panel
Artist Jeanne Illenye creates works incorporating Spode and other makers. View the website/blog.

 

 

April 2011
Willow enthusiasts

Willow enthusiasts

Download a short article on the Willow pattern.

UK National Archives

1864-1871 Design Register

The UK National Archives has placed on-line various pottery (and other) patterns from the 1864-1871 Design Register.  Transferware collectors may recognize some of the patterns. Access the register.

October 2010
Spode Exhibition Online

TCC partners with the Winterthur Museum and the Potteries Museum to launch leading edge interactive online exhibition of first period Spode printed ceramics. Learn more.

1630 Wedgwood / Enoch Wood Bible at Auction

September 1st update to auction of this historic bible: the $10,000 opening bid was not attained, and the Bible, as of now, is unsold. Developments, if any, will be reported. More information on this remarkable item.

September 2010
Robert Copeland

Robert Copeland passes away September 10, 2010

More information.

July 2010
Did Benjamin Franklin Invent Transferware? 
Photo

Wendy Erich's research into Benjamin Franklin's claim that he invented transferware, funded by a TCC Research Grant.

Download the article


Citation: Erich, Wendy.  "Did Benjamin Franklin invent transferware?", The Burlington Magazine 1288 Vol. CLII (July 2010): 464-469.

June 2010
TCC Member Seeks Images of Tiles 

Sandie Fowler needs images of tiles for a book she is authoring. Download the list of tiles she needs. Below are some examples:

Tile Tile Tile
Tile Tile Tile
Tile Tile  
May 2010
1820s Pearlware filled-in transfers; patterns and attributions
by Pete Christmas

PitchersMembers receive access to full article
Pearlware blue-printed transferwares are sometimes found with ‘filled-in’ enamel colours of plum, yellow, brick-red and green, usually painted on chinoiserie patterns with a distinctive deep cobalt blue background.  Often on ale jugs or mugs and less commonly on spill vases; their factory marks usually have the description ‘Opaque China’, together with the initials of the manufacturer.  This ‘filled-in’ style of pearlware had a brief popularity commencing during the reign of George IV in the 1820s, and was made in Staffordshire, Bristol, Sunderland and possibly Swansea.   Pitchers

My aim in this research article was to describe the manufacturers and known patterns, giving attributions for factory marks where possible; including guidance on attribution of unmarked wares.   I show what evidence exists to support these attributions, paying particular attention to regional differences.  The paper also examines in more detail the various ‘Boy in the door’ patterned wares, illustrating and listing the characteristics of five different engraving types in relation to their region of manufacture. Photographs of all the currently known patterns of this genre are included, together with a table of factory marks.
Members receive full access | Purchase access to article for $5

March 2010
TCC Members Stick Together.

Pat Halfpenny describes TCC members' recent experience helping the NPS Philadelphia Independence Living History Center Archaeology Laboratory assemble transferware shards and identify patterns. Read entire account | Supplemental Information
Posted March 2010

January 2010
Three Arms of the States Series platters

Plate

Arms of North Carolina
11-1/2 X 14-3/4"
Sold for $3744

Three Arms of the States Series platters recently sold at the January 2010 Pook & Pook, Inc. auction.

Information from Maine Antique Digest, April 2010 issue; source of images TCC Database of Patterns and Sources.
Posted April 2010

Plate

Arms of Pennsylvania
16 X 21"
Sold for $30,420

Plate

Arms of Delaware
13 X 17"
Sold for $9945

November 2009
World’s Largest Transferware Jug ??? 
Toddler standing  in large mug

Well, maybe not, but certainly this one stands out, for both its exceptional size as well as contents!  Thanks to Dennis and Ann Berard for this photo, featuring their lovely grand daughter, Ellie, age nine months (at time of the photo).

The jug is 24" tall & 28" across from spout to handle. The top half consists of four repeating scenes of men playing cricket on the lawn of  Windsor Castle. The bottom half is four repeating scenes of a man, woman, and children, the man with a long spyglass looking out over a large city, possibly London. Abergavenny, location of Richard and John Shaw’s shop, is in South Wales.  Such huge jugs and other oversized ware were not intended for use, except as advertisement for the retail establishment named on the jug or to exhibit the skill of the maker (or both).

 We welcome submittal of photos of other exceptional items.

July 2009
Robert Copeland Attic Collection Sale 
Both Items

On Tuesday 9th June 2009, Louis Taylor Fine Auctioneers and Valuers in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, sold the Robert Copeland Attic Collection, most of the items having belonged to his father, Mr A. Gresham Copeland. Front view of supper set Side view of supper set  William Taylor Copeland and Thomas Garrett bought the Spode factory in 1833, and the collection consisted of many early pieces of Spode blue and white pearlware in a variety of patterns and all shapes and sizes, with examples from the Copeland and Garrett and Copeland periods, and a few from the 20th century.

The 148 lots included items in bone china and ironstone in addition to pearlware, as well as wares made by Spode's competitors, such as Rogers, Clews, Davenport and Turner.

Most items have labels with the initials AGC, the collection number, and often details of where and when they were acquired, which make the objects even more interesting.

A West Country dealer was lucky to acquire a supper set in its original tray, with only the egg cups missing and in perfect condition (see photos).  The dealer stated that it was something which will be hard to part with.

--  submitted by Sue Wagstaff

March 2009
"Ceramic Feeders" Website 
Child's feeder

On occasion, a truly wonderful web site comes to our attention.  Such is the case with www.ceramicfeeders.com, a site subtitled “Ceramic Infantilia of the 19th Century”.  We won’t write a long review; anyone viewing this note can link to the site.  Just take a look at the site’s home page images; you will be hooked.  Many Transferware items, as well as wonderful forms featuring Transferware as well as other means of decoration.   All British and primarily 19th century (although one page is devoted to some great 20th century examples).  Enjoy!  One example on an infant feeder, courtesy of Merlin Antiques (no connection to “Ceramic Feeders”), is shown below.
--  submitted by David Hoexter

 

July 2008
Help the NPS Identify Patterns 
Club Info

The Independence Living History Center Archeology Laboratory in Philadelphia (part of the National Park Service) has posted images of partially reconstructed pieces of transferware from excavations of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.  They have identified numerous patterns (many more than the two identified patterns on the site), but many are unidentified.   Please visit the web site  www.archphoto.p-j.net  and help the NPS identify these patterns. Below you will see some examples of their work.

March 2008
The Blue and White Show - Exhibition at the Victoria Art Gallery January 19 through March 30, 2008 Bath, England 

Hundreds of pieces of blue and white china and textiles create a vast mosaic of pattern and colour at the Victoria Art Gallery in the New Year. The exhibition, the first of its kind on such a large scale, will be opened by Sir Peter Blake and runs from 19 January to 30 March 2008 at the Council-run Gallery in Bridge Street, Bath.

Table Mosaic
Candace Bahouth,
Table Mosaic

The inspiration behind the exhibition is a collection of over 2,000 early 19th-century pottery pieces. The best of these will form the centrepiece of the show, displayed on a giant Georgian-style dresser. 

Three major contemporary artists - Kaffe Fassett (textiles, paintings), Candace Bahouth (mosaic-covered shoes), and Carole Waller (paintings on silk) have been invited to display new work inspired by this most British of traditions. The show promises to be a riot of colour, and the whole building, upstairs and down, will be transformed.

UrnsJon Benington, Gallery Manager states that: "the show is perfect for this venue as blue and white used to be imported via the docks in nearby Bristol. Our own collection of Delftware pottery forms a fitting compliment to the show. The choice of artists reinforces these links, for Kaffe Fassett started his career in Bath, whilst Carole Waller and Candace Bahouth live on our doorstep."

The show is guest-curated by former editor of Cosmopolitan and Country Living magazines, Deirdre Mc Sharry. Deirdre comments: "Blue and White means blue and white transferware, a particularly British preoccupation with blue and white pottery, that fills our shelves and dominates our dressers."

"One of the most eye catching elements in the new show are Candace Bahouth's surreal high heel "Prada" shoes embellished with blue and white pottery shards, tiny fragments of Spode's Italian Gardens, Willow Pattern etc - a tapestry of British life - with lots of reference to display, style and fashion, and all from the common fragments found at the bottom of a country garden."

Blue & White Complexity
Kaffe Fassett,
Blue & White Complexity

Kaffe Fassett is widely regarded as one of the world's leading textile artists and is, undoubtedly, one of the world's most original colourists. Bath is a continuing source of inspiration, as his brilliant reactions in textile and paint to the collection of blue and white pottery on show at the Victoria Art Gallery demonstrate.

Carole Waller is a Bath based painter who uses her eye for colour and texture to paint lengths of silk. She calls her work 'collaborations of print with painting'.

Deirdre says: "In this show the brilliance of the blue and white collection of  'china' appeals to Carole's eye for filling domestic as well as public space. Her response is to echo the blues with layers of  painted silk, several glass freestanding pieces and one of her famously lavish silk coats - in effect a Chinese Robe, in colour and form echoing the influence of the China trade on British life and design".

All new work is for sale and there will be gallery talks by the artists and workshops for schools. For more information on the show and the Victoria Art Gallery visit www.victoriagal.org.uk

2008
Photo-opportunity 
Exhibit

Photo-opportunity: Photographers are welcome to come to the opening night of the exhibition on Friday 18 January at 5.30pm, (speeches at 6.30pm), when the artists and Deirdre McSharry will be present. Sir Peter Blake will be available for interview strictly on an appointment basis between 3.30pm and 4.30pm at the Gallery on Friday 18 January. Please contact Sue Lucy, 01225 477232, or e-mail sue_lucy@bathnes.gov.uk  to make an appointment.

For images and more information contact: Maggie Bone, Museums Publicity Officer - Heritage Services, on Tel: 01225 477736 or e-mail maggie_bone@bathnes.gov.uk

June 2008
Colonial Philadelphia Porcelain: the Art of Bonnin and Morris

Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition, Colonial Philadelphia Porcelain: the Art of Bonnin and Morris,
an exhibit of rare American-made underglaze blue porcelain closed June 1, 2008. Read more about this exhibition

September 2008
Pot Lids 

Three Pot Lids Pot Lids are small glazed transfer-printed earthenware containers, consisting of a base and lid, which were made from the 1840s through the early 20th century (some forms of pot lids may date from the second half of the 18th century).  They contained many products, such as ointments, tooth paste, cold cream, shaving products food pastes, hair pommade, etc.  What do they have to do with transferware?  The manufacture or retail supplier name and product, often with an image, are transfer-printed on the lids.  

Pot lids were produced by the millions, by some of the same UK makers who produced the transferware you see elsewhere on this site, but few remain, as they were generally discarded after use.  Pot lids are both mono and poly-chromatic (including so-called Prattware lids).  We plan to do much more with pot lids on this web site in the future.

More Pot Lids

Examples of American-themed pot lids, generously provided by Greg Dean of Dean Antiques, http://www.deantiques.com/PLG/index.htm, are attached. More Information

September 2008
Philadelphia Excavations Revisited

You may have read of the National Park Service archeological excavations in Philadelphia (examples of recovered shards are shown in "Transferware Serendipity", Summer/Fall 2007 TCC Bulletin), and the considerable number of shards unearthed within the city block which is now occupied by the National Constitution Center.  A year after initially viewing some of the shards, TCC members Sue and Frank Wagstaff revisited the Independence Living History Center Archeology Lab, to check on progress in identifying the finds.  The attached views show several transferware (and other pottery) being pieced together, and the use of printouts from the TCC Database to identify patterns and assist the volunteers in their work.  Another example of the benefits of the Database

Photo with woman working on transferware Plate being reconstructed
Cups being reconstructed
Museums with Major Collections of Ceramics

The San Francisco Ceramics Circle has prepared a list of Museums with Major Collections of Ceramics
, available at the following link: http://www.patricianantiques.com/sfccmuseumlist.html.  Transferware is included in many of the entries.

Four Classics on the Internet

Classic pottery books from the turn of the (last) century featuring transferware are available (some for free) on the Net. Each is a must for serious collectors. All are occasionally available in the original edition; each has been subsequently reprinted. However, three of the four are available for free as PDF downloads.

China Collecting in America (1892, Alice Morse Earle); 12.1 MB PDF download from Google Books http://books.google.com/

The Old China Book (1903, N. Hudson Moore); 46 MB PDF download from Internet Archive Universal Library http://www.archive.org/details/oldchinabook013639mbp. Reviewed in the Autumn 2003 TCC Bulletin.

The Blue China Book (1916, Ada Walker Camehl) http://books.google.com/books (apparently still under copyright; need to purchase).

Anglo American Pottery, Old English China with American Views (1901, Edwin Atlee Barber); 4.5 MB PDF download from Google Books http://books.google.com/books

—submitted by David Hoexter

The artists:

Candace Bahouth
A New Yorker of Italian-Lebanese descent, Candace Bahouth has lived for the past thirty years in a small village in Somerset in one of England's most unspoilt rural areas. Candace was originally known as a tapestry weaver, but now is better known for her mosaic and needlepoint. She produces large scale pieces, examples of which are in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She has a magpie eye for discarded items, shards of pottery, mirrors shells, feathers and mounds of mosaic pieces with which she embellishes garden furniture, urns, tables etc. and other items including shoes.

Kaffe Fassett
Kaffe Fassett is widely regarded as one of the world's leading textile artists and is, undoubtedly, one of the world's most original colourists. He was born in San Francisco, and when he was 19 won a scholarship to the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston. He has long a connection with Bath as through Jeremy Fry he got his first work here. In 1988 Kaffe became the first living textile artist to have a one man show at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. His work is now known around the world and he is in great demand lecturing and teaching abroad.

Carole Waller
Carole Waller lives in Bath and is an internationally renowned textile artist. She makes painted clothes, and paintings on veils of cloth which become installations in three dimensional space. Born in Birmingham, she trained in the UK at Canterbury and Bournville Colleges in then in the US. She has work in many public and private collections including the V&A, Birmingham City Art Gallery and the Holburne Musuem in Bath.

Victoria Art Gallery
Bath & North East Somerset Council's art gallery houses the area's permanent  collection of British and European art from the 15th century to the present day including works by Gainsborough, Turner and Sickert. The gallery has one of the best temporary exhibition programmes in the region, ranging from prints to sculpture, including national touring exhibitions and major retrospectives. There are frequent  workshops, holiday activities and a full programme for schools.

For further information contact: Jon Benington, Manager of the Victoria Art Gallery, on Tel: 01225 477772 or e-mail jon_benington@bathnes.gov.uk;

—submitted by Sue Wagstaff, TCC Member

December 2007
Status of Spode Factory Sale and Collections at Stoke-on-Trent

Friends of the Spode Museum have a Website with up-to-date information on the status of the museum. Contributions can be made through PayPal. www.spodefriends.org.uk | December 2007 Status | Details  | Spode Press Release | Message for Transferware Collectors | December 2006 Newsletter

Summer 2007
China Syndrom by Caroline Tiger

Recent article on Transferware:
Journalist/writer Caroline Tiger, who attended our 2006 Philadelphia meeting, has published her article on Transferware.

June 2007
British Ceramics: The Development of Technical Genius in the British Ceramic Industry—1650-1850

No limit
June 22-24, 2007 (3 Days)
Fee: $465.00

From the earliest attempts to replicate the much-desired Chinese porcelains to the introduction of turning lathes for earthenware production, the British ceramics industry was in the forefront of the industrial revolution. This 3-day symposium explored some of the remarkable inventions that not only made Wedgwood & Spode household names, but had a powerful effect on society, not only amongst the Potteries’ workers & their families, but in a broader international context. There was a large number of early 19th century models & molds from the Spode Factory exhibited for the inspection of the participants. This is part of the collection of rare material purchased from Spode by Eastfield in the past year. More information and registration form

Eastfield Village website: www.greatamericancraftsmen.org

Lectures and Demonstrations included:

  • Beer Shops and Bread Riots, The changes in technology, including the (limited) introduction of steam power & the increasing mechanization of making processes, did not come about without a huge impact on the way of life of the ordinary working potters – men, women & children. This lecture looks at some of the changes in the working & home life of the Georgian & early Victorian potters including child labor, the rise of the unions & food riots. Miranda Goodby, Keeper of ceramics, the Potteries Museum, Stoke on Trent, UK
  • From Clay to Glost Oven, This talk covers the processes involved in the many phases of pottery production from the raw state to the final glaze firing until the late 20th century. It includes a section on the process of bat & transfer printing. Robert Copeland, author & former historian of the Spode Factory & noted member of the family that ran Spode for over 175 years
  • The Development of Lathe Turning in the Potteries from the 18th century to the mid 19th century, Lecture details the progression of lathe work from the simple turner’s lathe to the complicated rose & crown engine lathes. Includes how these lathes actually worked & what was made on them. Don Carpentier, practical potter & director of Eastfield Village.
  • Josiah Wedgwood, Master Potter & Marketing Genius, Nancy Ramage, professor of art history at Ithaca College, author & lecturer on 18th century pottery, especially Wedgwood.
  • The Influence of Chinese Export Porcelain on British Ceramics in the 18th to early 19th Century, Traces the use of Chinese designs after the development of porcelain in Britain (1740s), the role of the East India Company in providing Chinese Export porcelain for the upper class, factories who provided matchings and entire tea & dinner services in the Chinese style to an ever increasing public demand, with an emphasis on the prominent role played by Josiah Spode. Connie Rogers, General Editor of the Transferware Collector’s Club Database of Transfer-printed patterns C. 1780-1900, author & lecturer.
  • The Rise and Fall of Slip, Slip decoration on utilitarian earthenwares rose to extraordinary heights of inventiveness during the 1770-1840 period, then began a long, slow slide into oblivion. Rickard explores some of the more creative uses in which fluid clay was used to make everyday objects visually exciting. Jonathan Rickard, Author, Collector and Independent scholar specializing in 18th and 19th century Mocha & Diptwares
  • Ceramics for Hyde Hall, Cooperstown, NY 1813-1834, Hyde Hall, one of the great country houses in America, was designed by its builder George Clarke & Philip Hooker, Albany's leading neoclassical architect, between 1817 and 1828 on a site overlooking Otsego Lake near Cooperstown. It stayed in his family until purchased by the state in 1963. A number of the original contents remain in the house. Clarke was a meticulous record keeper & many of the bills for his furnishings still survive. These document his choices of British, French & a few Chinese ceramics from retail merchants & auction in Albany, Cooperstown & New York City between 1813 & 1834. Dr Gilbert Vincent, Independent Scholar& former Director of the NY State Historical Society, Cooperstown NY
  • The Making of Potter’s Tools by a Potter,. Demonstration of the creation of a blowing bottle for slip work & a three chamber slip pot. Bob Nopper, Practical Potter, Salem, NY, manager Bear Pottery Studio, creating functional & decorative stoneware, sculpture & raku pottery
  • The Evolution of Polychrome-Painted Pearlware from the Late 18th to the Early 19th Century. Lecture and Demonstration. Denise Carpentier Practical Potter, specializing in polychrome pearlware reproductions & adaptations.
  • Searching through Spode, Detailed visual account of the search through three enormous late 18th century storage buildings at the Spode Factory site for early tools, models & master-molds in 2006 & 2007. Learn about important items were recovered in the process. Don Carpentier
June 2007
British Ceramics:  The Development of Technical Genius in the British Ceramic Industry -- 1650-1850

The 2007 Eastfield Village Symposium "British Ceramics:  The Development of Technical Genius in the British Ceramic Industry -- 1650-1850" (June 22--24, 2007) has run its course. Click here for a description of the symposium (as it was planned).  We are hopeful one of the attendees will provide us with a summary and highlights of the event!

January 2007
Report on January 2007 New York Ceramics Fair

Canary-glazed mug collection

Kurau booth collection


From January 15 through the 20th, The National Academy Museum on Fifth Avenue hosted the 9th annual New York Ceramics Fair.  Caskey Lees from Topanga California hosts this top notch show and sale of ceramics, glass and enamels featuring 35 prominent British, European and American galleries/dealers of museum quality antique and contemporary ceramics.

A real treat for us on this side of the pond to enjoy a visit with old friends and meet some new ones along the way.  The fair is vetted by a jury of professionals and hosts a grand pre-show preview reception, a full-color illustrated 96 page catalog and a four-day ceramics lecture series, sponsored by the Chipstone Foundation.

Complete Article with Photos

September 2006
Northern Ceramics Summer School by Connie Rogers
Photo - China Tureen

This ironstone china vegetable dish, made by E. F. Bodley and Company, of Burslem, Staffordshire, England, bears the motto of the CSS Alabama, "AIDE TOI ET DIEU T'AIDERA" (loosely translated: "God helps those who help themselves"). --submitted by TCC Member Jane Diemer, courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution web site.

"Northern Ceramics Summer School" by Connie Rogers. The annual Northern Ceramics Society (NCS) Summer School ran from August 8 to 13 at the University of Chester in the U.K. The theme of the conference was "Looking at the Evidence". Various lectures .... more info

August 2006
Northern Ceramics Summer School by Connie Rogers

"Northern Ceramics Summer School
" by Connie Rogers. The annual Northern Ceramics Society (NCS) Summer School ran from August 8 to 13 at the University of Chester in the U.K. The theme of the conference was "Looking at the Evidence". Various lectures .... more info

March 2006
Late-18th century pearlware jug
Swansea Verse Jug
Late-18th century pearlware jug
, probably Swansea, barrel shape with out-turned foot and simple strap handle, printed in blue. Large floral sprays on either side of a verse "Sit down & spend a Social hour / In harmless mirth & fun / Let Friendship reign be just & Kind / And evil speak of none", all beneath a geometric border and with a different geometric border around the inside of the rim. Height 17.6 cm, unmarked, circa 1790-1800. Sold at auction February 2005 for 1300 GBP plus buyer's premium (estimate was 500!).
--submitted by Dick Henry wood
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