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16,444 patterns, 1,052 sources now available in the Database Patterns and Sources.
August eNews 2020
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 .
Announcing a New Online Transferware Experience
The Transferware Collectors Club (TCC) is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new educational initiative: Transferware Worldwide.
In a monthly program of online lectures, experts in the field of ceramics will present scholarly talks on transferware topics to include: history, process, makers, patterns, marketing and distribution, as well as special collections. The lectures, designed to have broad appeal to ceramic enthusiasts worldwide, will be conveniently accessible online via the Zoom format. A unique presentation will be offered on the second Thursday of each month, beginning on September 10, 2020. Each session will last one hour in duration and will include time for a lecture followed by Q & A. 
Inaugural lecture :

The Transferware Worldwide inaugural lecture, The Trade in British and other European Ceramics with the Dutch East Indies 1820-1940 , will be presented on Thursday, September 10 by Jaap Otte, Development Officer, Smithsonian Institution, and TCC Member. Jaap will discuss the organization of the trade of European ceramics to the Dutch East Indies during the period 1820 to 1940, as well as the efforts to cater to preferences of the local population.
The following sessions are planned for the remainder of the year:

  • October 8 - TCC 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting, moderated by TCC President Scott Hanson
  • November 12 - The 'Etching Revival' and Transferware: Aestheticism on the Dinner Table, by Jeff Ruda, Professor Emeritus of Art History, University of California, Davis, and TCC member.
  • December 10 - Preserving the Art of the Engraver, by Dr. Richard Halliday, Author, Head of Curated Ceramics, Hansons Auctioneer, and TCC Member.
Local Start Times for these lectures will be as follows: US & CANADA: 1:00 pm EDT; 12 pm CDT; 11 am MDT; 10:00 am PDT (and Arizona); UK: 6:00 pm BST; Paris, Berlin, Rome: 7:00 pm; Australia (Sydney): 3:00 am; Australia (Perth): 1:00 am: New Zealand (Wellington): 5:00 am. Times will be adjusted after November 1, when Daylight Saving Time ends.
Please save these dates and plan to join fellow ceramic enthusiasts for this informative lecture series. Specific details regarding access to each Zoom lecture will be provided via email prior to each presentation date.
2020 Annual Meeting
The TCC October 8, 2020 Annual Meeting will be a virtual event. Specific information will be announced once plans are confirmed.

The Cowman
Shown is an 8.5 inch soup plate in the series known as “The Cowman.” The maker is unknown, but the pattern appears to have been made around 1820. It is one of four variations of this pattern found in the TCC database. The pattern here is pattern #1956. As a note of interest, the Cowman pattern on drainers was extensively used to decorate some of the walls of the Junagarh Fort in India (see Photo of the Month ).

Members only:  for more information about this pattern and to see other similar patterns, search the  Pattern and Source Print Database.

Thanks to Judie Siddall for preparing the "Pattern of the Month."
Purple Feathers
This is a 6 inch tile with maker unknown. The back of the tile has the raised letters ENGLAND on a grid telling us only that it was produced 1891 or after. This is a very bold pattern in theme and color. No reference has been found; therefore, it has a TCC Assigned Name. It is pattern #19427 in the database.

The pattern is made up of large, curved purple feathers surrounding small motifs. One motif hangs from the top, seemingly upside down with a long, narrow bud surrounded by scrolls. The lower motif is a flower. That flower is recreated by the narrow borders coming together in the grouping seen here of 9 tiles together. The top small flower is a repeat of the flower in the lower part of the center pattern. The grouping could have been too bright and busy to cover a large wall surface, but may have been used as a fireplace surround. Link to more tiles.

Thanks to Connie Rogers and Kurt O'Hare for preparing the "Tile Display of the Month."
“Cowman” and Friends at Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India
Part of an interior wall within Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India. What are these transfer-printed drainers (and many more) doing in relatively remote Bikaner? A research article on the 110 transfer printed, three Chinese Export (also shown in this photo), and two creamware patterns affixed to the walls of four locations within the fort is nearing completion.  To view more images encompassing numerous topics, visit the TCC Website   Image Gallery. See past Photos of the Month.

Thanks to David Hoexter for preparing the "Photo of the Month."
Spode Factory Virtual Tour of the Mold Archives
Under the direction of Professor Neil Brownsword, Staffordshire University and in cooperation with the droppable-1596152109450Spode Museum Trust, the ceramic molds stored in four rooms located at the historic Spode factory site were digitized and are now available online for you to enjoy. View this video . Visit the TCC website to view more videos .

Thanks to Loren Zeller for bringing this video to our attention.
Bulletin TCC 2020 Number 1
Download/read this issue's feature article (all site visitors):  Transferware used at Cambridge Colleges.  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! Read it here.
by Jonathan Gray
Richards Foundation Grant Projects

Founded in 1764, the Swansea (later to be renamed Cambrian) Pottery was in production for more than 100 years before closing in 1870. For the majority of this period, certainly the eighty years after 1790, printed wares were to be an important feature of the factory‟s output. Certainly after the production and decoration of Swansea porcelain had ceased in 1824/6, printed wares were the main, and at times, the only output of the firm. Read the article.
Database Discoveries #2
by Judie Siddall

A request from Tony Calvin of Cumbria, England about a possible attribution of a jug to the (John) Wilkinson Pottery of Whitehaven, West Cumberland (1820-1867), led to the serendipitous discovery of the uses of the rare egg-shaped transfer printed objects that I have been fascinated by for years. Tony and I shared information about the jug, and thus I learned about the Wilkinson Pottery and its production of transferware eggs.
by Michael Sack

Every known scene of India on transferware is included in one book, together with photos (where available) of both the patterns and the source prints from which they were derived. Each pattern and its source prints (sometimes there are as many as five) are shown side by side so that they can easily be compared. More info.
by John A. Walthall

This 2015 Revised and Expanded Edition, written by an archaeologist, concerns the use of underglaze U. S. importers marks on Staffordshire pottery made during the American Antebellum Period (1820-1860). More info.
The Wedgwood Society of Washington DC was formed in 2000 to promote the education and enjoyment of Wedgwood collectors in the mid-Atlantic area. Wedgwood enthusiasts and collectors meet several times a year to share their research in the form of lectures, newsletters and other educational forums.   Link to site.
The White Ironstone China Association (WICA) is an outgrowth of informal gatherings of collectors and dealers that took place in New England and New York over many years. WICA was officially founded in 1994 and today is a nationwide organization with an active membership numbering some 600+. The membership consists mainly of collectors but also includes several dealers who specialize in white ironstone. Link to site.
Find more of the informative resources we've compiled  here.
Please contact us  if you are offering or know of an upcoming auction 
with an emphasis on transferware.
More About Transferware Collectors Club

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


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