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The TCC Board of Directors is pleased to announce a special scholarship for up to two graduate students or young professionals wishing to attend the TCC Annual Meeting in 2016! More information
TCC Annual Meeting Speaker Spotlight:
This fourth edition of the Transferware Collectors Club Annual Meeting Close Up focuses on the meeting's outstanding speaker lineup. The topics they will cover will take you from the potteries of Great Britain to the tables of American presidents: Experience a review of our History through Transferware! Each lecture is guaranteed to excite and inform you about everything from the process of creating the designs and shapes of transfer-printed ceramics to the re-discovery of their cultural and political role in Great Britain and the New Americas. Learn more.
A new edition of the Transferware Collectors Club Bulletin is now available! Read the issue's featured article "Right on Target: a Transferware Discovery at President Madison’s Home" by Leslie Bouterie. Members, read the entire issue here.
Pattern of the Month
Shown is an earthenware 8 inch plate in the pattern known as "Dagger Border Class V." It was made by Wood & Caldwell (1790-1818), and is based on a Chinese hand-painted porcelain original. Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.
NEW Database Discoveries Article #24
Author Susan Ferguson writes "Here’s my new database for my Brown and White transferware collection. I’m finally getting organized. I created it because my word processing program just provided me with loose sheets of paper that I would need to (four letter word) file". Read the article. See DBD archives.
Biblical Cities series
An uncommon series of views of the Middle East made by C.J. Mason & Co. of Lane Delph in Staffordshire. The Mason firm is, of course, best known for its brightly coloured ironstone wares, but they did produce some good printed wares too. An early example, when the firm was G.M. & C.J. Mason, is the Beaded Frame Mark series of British Views, covered in detail in Number Two of The Transferware Recorder, but when the firm became C.J. Mason & Co. several series were made, one with views of Cambridge Colleges (scheduled for Number Three of The Recorder), another with “British Lakes”, a third depicting “Napoleon’s Battles”, and a fourth with views of Biblical towns and cities. More information. Visit the Article Archives
Indian Master Potter at Work. The potter's wheel is spun by hand to the appropriate speed before the pot is turned. The wheel is so well balanced that it will spin under its own momentum for several minutes until the pot is finished. The underside of a spare wheel can be seen in the background. Several pots will be turned from the column of clay on the wheel! Submitted by Malcolm Lewin, who took the photo while on holiday.
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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.
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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. More information.
Spode's Italian pattern surely has to be one of the most recognizable and indeed most iconic designs in the history of transfer printed pottery. It is possibly true to say that almost every home, antique shop, antique show and museum around much of the world has at least one example of this pattern within it. From its inception in 1816, it has largely remained in production until this day and this must be seen as a phenomenal achievement. More information.
This is a 160 page, B5 size, full color monograph featuring studies of all known numbered and unnumbered patterns. Club research on body, shapes, gilding, numbering and identification is included. More information.
William Marshall of number 1, Holborn Bars, London, must have been quite a character. He was at various times a lottery dealer, publisher, pocket book maker, print seller, chapman, stationer, hardwareman, cutler and tea dealer, a bankrupt and, it transpires, a plagiarist. Download article.
Database Discoveries - Contribution # 18 Transferware Collectors Club April, 2015
Potters like Enoch Wood, Davenport and William Smith had been experimenting since the 1830s with the application of multi-colored transfers to dinner wares and tea wares, but it was not until about 1846 that patents were taken out on a polychrome printing process that successfully emulated the look of hand painted wares. Thomas, John and Joseph Mayer and John Ridgway & Co. were among those who made use of the polychrome process, but as time went on it became primarily synonymous with the name of Felix Pratt (F. & R. Pratt & Co). Thus, these wares are commonly know as "Prattware" (not to be confused with the high-fire colored Staffordshire ceramic figures also known as "Prattware"). Download article.
Sadly, we announce the death of Geoffrey Godden, a leader and legend in field of ceramics. He passed away on May 10th. This brief notice, composed by Geoffrey himself, was published in The Telegraph on May 16, 2016. Obituary
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What's Happening in British Ceramics
Of Eagles and Presidents
Reporting on the First of Two Sales of the Creutzburg & Martin Collection
I have a special place in my heart and in my life for Chet Creutzburg and David Martin who, in my early days of collect-ing American themed transferware, became friends and teachers. They, along with fellow collector Nick Routson, in-troduced me to Hayden Goldberg and Curtis Brown and explained their collection to me in some detail over dinners in Brooklyn. So when I learned they were preparing to pass on their collection to a new group of collectors, I had to be present for the sale.
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Historic Eastfield Announces 2016 Dish Camp Speakers
Historic Eastfield Foundation has scheduled its 20th anniversary Dish Camp, and released a list of internationally acclaimed speakers. More Information.
New TCC Research Grant
The TCC Research Grant Committee has announced the 2015 recipient, Richard Halliday, whose project is “Transferware Medical and Toilet Wares 1780-1850”. More Information.
The Spode Museum Trust and Friends of the Spode Museum Seek TCC Member Support
Tantalized? Join the TCC! Over 13,000 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.
The TCC Bulletin Index -- incorporating listings of articles from the Fall 1999 issue through to the most recent issue, Vol. XVI No. 4, 2015 -- has been updated as of April 2016. A rich resource! Read it here.
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Updated Membership List
A Membership List updated in March 2016 is now available (for members only and only for non-commercial use). Download now. Please review your entry on the list, and notify us of any changes in your contact information.
We are now offering new advertising opportunities for TCC member transferware dealers, auctioneers, and show managers. Read more.
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 2014-2015 donors.
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.