Loren Zeller has prepared a vibrant summary report of the Special England Meeting and Tour, loaded with wonderful images photographed by Loren and by Larry Bouterie. The event was organized by Loren and Pat Halfpenny. Read the report.
NEW Database Discoveries Article #22
Artists Thomas and William Daniell are best known for their monumental work, Oriental Scenery (1795-1808), a collection of 144 elephant-folio size aquatints illustrating scenes of India from their eight-year sojourn there. Many of those aquatints were used by potters in the 1820s as sources for Indian patterns on transferware. However, in order to get to India, the Daniells had to travel first to China and then back-track to India. It is not recorded how long they remained in China, or for that matter, how long they were in China at the end of their journey waiting for a ship back to England. Making the most of their layovers, though, they published in 1810 a smaller book, A Picturesque Voyage to India by the Way of China, of fifty aquatints showing scenes of their voyage to China as well as sights they observed while in and around Canton and finally in Calcutta. This book didn’t escape resourceful potters in the 1820s either, and the Transferware Collectors Club database contains at least ten patterns with elements “adopted” from these prints. What hasn’t been shown in the database is the text that accompanies these prints, and in these days of political correctness, much of it is shocking. Read the article. See DBD archives.
An excellent seven minute video demonstrating the process of engraving a copper plate, and then printing from the plate. Presented by the Rhode Island School of Design.
“Famous Places” series
A series of views from around the world made by the Brownhills Pottery Co. of Staffordshire. The views are printed on a sheet ground decorated with flowers and the letters of the alphabet. Most examples are plates, of three different sizes, each bearing two views, but mugs with single views are also recorded. More information. Visit the Article Archives
Dick Henrywood is now assembling information and images for the third volume of the highly informative and useful Transferware Recorder series, and hopes to be in print in the coming months. Dick is in need of images of plates and other forms to supplement those he has procured thus far. More information. For additional information on the series and/or to order volumes 1 and 2, click here.
By John & Jeannette Simpson, Brian Smith, Bryan Beardmore
The reputation of Henry and Richard Daniel is based on their glorious porcelain but, in spite of its importance to the commercial success of the company, little has been written about their huge production of earthenware. More Information.
Pattern of the Month
Shown is a 10.5 inch plate that advertises the jeweler William Pyke, ca. 1891-1905. The company’s specialties are enumerated in the text on the plate: “William Pyke 42,44 Market Street 227 Grange Rd Birkenhead / Diamond Merchant Goldsmith Jeweler Watch Maker / Tempus Fugit Use it Wisely.” Visit more information and other archived patterns to learn more about this pattern.
A new edition of the Transferware Collectors Club Bulletin is now available! Read the issue's featured article "Multi-color printing on ceramics – its earlier than you think" by Pat Halfpenny. Members, read the entire issue here.
Moving pots around the pottery requires balance, brawn, and brains. Sources: left - Potteries of Stoke on Trent Facebook page, imagery dates unknown; right - David Hoexter, at Burgess & Leigh Middleport Pottery, Stoke on Trent, October 2015 ——————
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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.
Featured Book and Article
By Arleen and Grahame Tanner
This book is an overview of the middle and later periods of the Cambrian Pottery transferware production. It attempts to provide an understanding of the difficulties involved in precisely attributing patterns to the different periods of production especially as some patterns were used over long periods of time. More information.
By Tanner, Arleen and Grahame
Diverse theories exist as to whether Samuel Hollins produced Swansea Pottery blue and white transfer ware. Indeed some researchers postulate that the Samuel Hollins' Pottery produced very significant quantities of blue and white transfer ware. On the contrary our position is that Samuel Hollins did not produce any blue and white transfer printed wares. Further, the sugges- tion that patterns previously attributed to Swansea should now be reassigned to Samuel Hollins we see as incorrect. The objective of this paper is to demonstrate our reasons for holding this position. Download article.
Montpelier Ceramics Focused Archaeology Workshop
Montpelier, the presidential home and estate of James Madison in Orange, Virginia, extends a special invitation to TCC members and friends to participate in their LEARN Archaeology Expedition Program, during a special ceramics-focused Historic Artifacts Workshop to be held from February 21-26, 2016. Learn more.
Minton Archives on Display
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
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.
New Richards Foundation Research Grant Program article.
Transferware Images of Latin America Made by British Factories (1830-1930): the Case of Argentina. Download the Article
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
Stoke-on-Trent City Council will be spending £1.7m on upgrading the former Spode pottery site.
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Tantalized? Join the TCC! Over 12,000 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. 2, September 2015 -- has been updated as of October 2015. A rich resource! Read it here.
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Blue and White:
British Printed Ceramics
Victoria and Albert Museum
Exhibition January 2015
Updated Membership List
A Membership List updated in September 2015 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.