Database of Patterns & Sources Count
17,377 patterns, 1,077 sources now available in the Database Patterns and Sources.
April eNews 2022
Dear Transferware Enthusiasts:
We're pleased to send you this edition of our eNewsletter to give you the latest club news informing you of up-coming club activities and interesting new content on our web site and our Facebook page. We welcome your comments, suggestions, and input; email the TCC Web Content Administrator
All grant applications must be received by May 4.
Launched in 2009, the Richards Research Grant Program is dedicated to supporting research focused on British transferware produced between 1750 and 1900. Annual funding for this program remains at $10,000. To date the program has funded twenty-eight projects. A summary of winning proposals from previous years is available hereDownload application.
A Membership List updated in March 2022 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.
Dick and Judy Wagner are selling the bulk of their extensive Adams collection. Most of the collection appeared in their excellent book, Adams Ceramics. Here are six examples. Contact the Wagners directly for details and additional items for sale: (541-756-1506). See more images.

Patricia Ferguson, Project Curator at the British Museum offers an examination of a uniquely British innovation – cream-coloured earthenware transfer-printed with political propaganda, attacks on the clergy, or the latest royal scandal, that swiftly broadcast current events throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. Credit to Susan Ferguson for bringing this video to our attention. View video.
Read the interview in “Antiques And The Arts Weekly” with former TCC president Loren Zeller about the new version of the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources. Click on the link to view full size. Read article.
No Auction listed at this time.
Please contact us if you are offering or know of an upcoming auction 
with an emphasis on transferware.
Bulletin TCC 2021 Number 3 

Download/read this issue's feature article (all site visitors): My Forbears (by Marriage) Were Crate Makers by Sue Wagstaff. 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. A rich resource! Search Index.

Bulletin editor is seeking contributions for the upcoming bulletin. Contacts: 

Our free online puzzle this month features a platter showing “Brahmin-Bull House, London Zoological Gardens” by Ralph & James Clews in brown, based on a published print by artist George Scharf, the elder. The animals, a cow, a camel and brahmin bull, are all ruminants, and hence were exhibited together.

The London Zoological Gardens opened on April 27, 1828, as a center for scientific research. In 1847, the Gardens were opened to the general public. The opening of the Gardens stimulated enormous interest, and the Staffordshire potters, recognizing a good market, produced series that were decorative and filled with animals, in either their natural habitat or in the zoo.

Clews, Robinson, Wood and Brownfield, and Meigh are only three of the many potters who created zoological series. It is interesting to note that the abbreviation "zoo" was first used in the late 1860s. An article discussing the series can be found on pages 7-9 in the TCC Bulletin, Winter 2000, available to members on the TCC website. This is pattern 3047 in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources. Go to the Puzzle. See past Puzzles of the Month.

Thanks to Scott Hanson for preparing the "Puzzle of the Month."
Fresh Air From the Potteries
Thanks to Pat Halfpenny for this iconic photo/postcard of Stoke-on-Trent on a less than clear air day. See the February 2021 Photo of the Month in the TCC website to compare with an actual clear air day. More Information. See past Photos of the Month.

Thanks to David Hoexter for preparing the "Photo of the Month."

Shown is a 4 inch saucer in a sheet pattern or all over pattern. It’s TCC assigned name is Geometry. More information.

Members only: See pattern #19887 in the Pattern and Source Print Database.

Thanks to Judie Siddall for preparing the "Pattern of the Month."
The TCC Bulletin editor seeks submittals to future editions, particularly from first time or occasional authors. We have an extremely knowledgeable member base, yet many of our members seldom or never share their knowledge, at least in printed form. Now is your chance. Bulletin submittals do not need to be extremely technical or lengthy. They just need to be interesting and relate to British transferware! And they need to be accompanied by quality images. We would especially welcome articles from our growing number of archaeologist members.

Don’t fret if you have little experience. We will be pleased to work with you, to formulate your concept and bring your article along. Simply send us your ideas, if that is where you are, or text, even in preliminary form, if you are further along. Please submit in MS Word format, and separately, images in png, pdf or jpeg format. Please do NOT convert to PDF. Don’t worry if this is a problem for you; we’ll work with you to bring your article from preliminary to final, printed, stage, no matter your level of computer and word processes experience. 

Suggested topics: 
  1. Your favorite transferware piece, either your own or displayed elsewhere (why is it your favorite?, how did you acquire it?, what is the pattern, maker if known?). 
  2. What is your favorite place to view transferware: museum? stately home? Historic or archaeological site?
  3. Tell (and show) us your own collection (really good pictures required).
  4. New discoveries.
  5. Archaeological sites: overall summary of the excavation as relates to transferware; discuss a particular pattern or piece; context/importance of the transferware.
  6. In-depth research of a pattern, series, maker.

 Richard Halliday, TCC Bulletin Editor:
 David Hoexter:
Upcoming Lectures

Thursday, April 14, 2022  1PM
A Trip to Edinburgh: Transfer-Printed Ceramics in the Collection of National Museums Scotland Lecturer: Claire Blakey, Curator of Modern Decorative Arts, National Museums Scotland More info.

Thursday, July 14, 2022 – 1PM
Two Worlds in One Shipwreck Lecturer: Wytze Stellingwerf, Archaeologist and Specialist of Late and Post-Medieval Material Culture, Archeologie West-Friesland More info.

Past Lectures
All of our past lectures, dating back to September 2020, have been recorded and are available to current TCC members on the TCC website. Member login required. TCC website.
No lectures listed from other clubs at this time.
Please contact us if you are offering or know of an upcoming lecture
with an emphasis on transferware.
#18 - The News That Pratt Thought Fit to Print by Len Kling

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. Read article.

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. Read article.
Bottle Ovens and the Story of the Final Firing by Terry Woolliscroft and Pam Woolliscroft

In 1978 Gladstone Pottery Museum in Stoke-on-Trent had the audacious idea of firing a potters' bottle oven, with coal, for the very last time. This traditional way of firing pottery had ended in the early 1960s with the introduction of the Clean Air Act. Before all the knowledge and skills of firing a bottle oven were consigned to history the museum embarked on a project which proved to be an enormous undertaking, massively complex and tremendously daunting. This book, published in the 40th anniversary year, tells the story of The Last Bottle Oven Firing. More information.

Available as a PDF download. A classic publication, still referenced by researchers. Download here.
The Mason's Collectors Club was founded in 1972 for all who collect, have an interest in, or appreciate the ceramic wares made by the Mason's pottery factory based in Stoke on Trent. Visit the facebook page.

The Northern Ceramic Society
Since the NCS was founded in 1972, they have become the society for people who love pots. Their main focus is on British pottery and porcelain from 1600 to the present day. The NCS is open to everyone and membership is worldwide. They share the latest ceramic news and research though meetings, seminars, publications, exhibitions and website. Visit the site.

Find more of the informative resources we've compiled here.
Has Your Postal Mailing Address Changed?????

If you have moved but are not receiving your quarterly TCC Bulletin, you probably forgot to notify our member chair of your new address (this applies to email address changes also). The bulletin is mailed “bulk” and is not forwarded to new addresses by the USPS. Please notify the member chair directly:

We are now accepting simple classified (not display) advertisements from TCC member transferware dealers as well as non-dealer members and auction houses. 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.


The Database Needs Editors 
Do 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.  

New Database Discoveries
Articles Needed 
Please contact the web administrator with suggestions or contributions of future Database Discoveries articles. See Database Discoveries archives

Contributions Needed for Bulletin  
Bulletin editor Richard Halliday is seeking contributions for the upcoming bulletin.

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