Database of Patterns & Sources Count
17,171 patterns, 1,076 sources now available in the Database Patterns and Sources.
February 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
Attention: Seeking additional images and examples of a 9 1/2 in. platter from Enoch Wood & Sons' "Four Medallion-Floral Border Series" with a view of a Greek Revival style house. The view is titled "Northampton Mass," which is printed on the platter's reverse. An example of the platter can be seen here: Please contact Dan Sousa at with any information.
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.
Skinner Auctions
Britain: The Pottery Auction
February 14-24th
Skinner Auctions has now launched its timed online sale Britain: The Pottery Auction. This sale includes the second half of the Zeller Collection of transferware. Featured here are some of the rare named and dated pieces offered on this sale that will run from February 14-24th. View the Auction
Bulletin TCC 2021 Number 3 

Hard copies have been mailed. 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: 

Dark Blue in a Welch Dresser
This month’s free online puzzle shows a 18th century Welch dresser filled with favorite blue and white pieces in the collection of Judie Siddall and David Hoexter. Judie bought the dresser on layaway in 1963, at age 19. It took her a year to pay for it. She first filled it with her grandmother’s “made in occupied Japan” Willow pattern dishes. These were replaced with English 19th century blue transferware after she started collecting it in the 1970s. She and David have collected transferware together since the 1980s and now have more than 800 pieces of transferware in all colors. Virtually every item shown in the puzzle is in the TCC database. For example, the platter on the upper left is Wedgwood’s Blue Claude, pattern #4161, and the platter on the upper right is Joseph Stubbs’ "State House, Boston," pattern #2103. Go to the Puzzle. See past Puzzles of the Month.

Thanks to Scott Hanson for preparing the "Puzzle of the Month."

TCC Exhibits at Society for Historical Archaeology Conference, 2022 Philadelphia
Thanks to members Ros and Frank Davenport, the TCC was well represented at the Society for Historical Archaeology conference in snowy Philadelphia from January 5 to 8. Although COVID concerns limited conference attendance, our dedicated TCC team was present to demonstrate the Database of Patterns and Sources and to discuss how British transfer-printed pattern and maker data from 1760-1900 can support SHA members’ research.

The team was equipped with a large banner and marketing material featuring the club’s message Turning Sherds into Historical Facts and listing the nearly 30 archaeological organizations around the world from Australia to Great Britain to the USA who have joined the TCC as institutional members and rely on the database as a valuable research tool in their work. A special thanks to Ros and Frank for their commitment to support this important event.
Dudson Museum, Hanley Stoke-on-Trent.
Winter scene of the Dudson Museum (housed primarily in the large bottle oven!). Drone view by the Stoke Sentinel; thanks to Phil Rowley. Interior view from the museum’s website. More Information. See past Photos of the Month.

Thanks to David Hoexter for preparing the "Photo of the Month."
Shown is an 8.25 inch religious plaque, “Thou God See’st Me.” The text appears to be from psalm 71, “In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.”
For more information, see pattern in the TCC database. More information.

Members only: See pattern #8726 in the Pattern and Source Print Database.

Thanks to Judie Siddall for preparing the "Pattern of the Month."
Recorder News 34

A very happy New Year to you all. We hope it proves to be a better year, with lots of transferware treats! Another mixed bag this time, including a new pattern from literature, a couple of new images, some notes on retailers’ marks and scale plates, and a small advertising novelty. We hope they are of interest. Read this issue. See past Recorder News Issues.

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:
A Membership List updated in August 2021 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.
Upcoming Lecture

Thursday, April 14, 2022 – 1PM
Speaker and Topic to be announced.

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.

The Spode Society
Wednesday, 9 February 2022, 6pm GMT

Christopher Jordan talks about six 
items from his collection
Subjects to be discussed:
Face Jugs
Cabinet Plates as art
Searching for Tiles
Kylix: an odd shape
Blue and White: is it Spode?
Shop sign lettering

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Meeting ID: 863 7481 5685
Passcode: 161219

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The Northern Ceramic Society
Tuesday, 15 February 2022, 6pm UK time

Maiolica and Migration
presented by Stephen Dixon
Professor of Contemporary Crafts
Manchester School of Art
The presentation will focus on Stephen Dixon’s new body of work, Maiolica and Migration, which draws attention to the ongoing catastrophe of forced migration, epitomised by regular shipwrecks and sinking of refugee vessels in the English Channel and Mediterranean Sea. Dixon was the 2021 winner of AWARD, at the British Ceramics Biennial for his work, Transient: The Ship of Dreams and Nightmares.( image above)

The central narrative within the work draws upon the connection between the historical migration of white tin-glazed pottery - originally from North Africa to Spain and Italy (Maiolica) then to France (Faience), Holland (Delftware) and eventually into the UK (English Delftware) - to the parallel migration patterns of contemporary refugees and asylum seekers from North Africa to Northern Europe, using tin-glazed ceramic as both the medium and the message. Stephen Dixon is now developing new work inspired by maiolica and tin-glazed pottery in the collections of the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. With its combination of tin glaze and printed imagery, the materiality of the work links directly to Liverpool’s ceramic traditions; firstly as an important manufacturer of English Delftware, and secondly as the developer of onglaze ceramic printing (Sadler and Green, 1756).

Stephen Dixon is Professor of Contemporary Crafts at Manchester School of Art. His career as a maker is defined by a commitment to politically engaged practice, and a belief in the power of craft to engage the public imagination and to make a difference. As an academic and researcher as well as a maker, his practice engages with the narrative and decorative traditions of figurative ceramics, and brings this rich visual vocabulary to bear on contemporary issues.

His work features in numerous public collections, including the Museum of Arts & Design New York, the British Council, the Crafts Council, the V&A, Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, Manchester Art Gallery, the Everson Museum of Art and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 885 607 2697
Passcode: 0GyU59

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San Francisco Ceramic Circle

Save the date. Saturday, February 19, 2022

Jeffrey Spahn, owner of Jeffrey Spahn Gallery, Berkeley, will speak on the contemporary American ceramist Toshiko Takaezu.

Join Zoom Meeting

Check with SFCC for more information and the Zoom link.

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Decorative Arts Society

Sunday, 20th February 2022, 18:00 (UK)

W. A. Ismay photographing a pot, 1990s
Photograph: the estate of Tony Hill

W. A. Ismay MBE (1910-2001) assembled one of the UK's largest collections of post-war British studio pottery and lived surrounded by his family of pots in a small terraced house in Yorkshire. Works by significant figures such as Lucie Rie and Hans Coper sat alongside pieces by lesser-known makers, in a collection of 3,500 items by more than 500 makers. This lecture explores how Ismay lived with and used his collection, supporting artists, collectors and curators and promoting British studio pottery.

Dr Helen Walsh is the curator of York Museums Trust's ceramic/decorative arts collection and has led on the establishment of the Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA) at York Art Gallery and the founding of the UK's Contemporary Studio Ceramics Subject Specialist Network.

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Passcode: 034087

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by Judie Siddall

Children haven’t changed in the past two hundred years, but the concept of childhood and what is appropriate for children has changed. Nineteenth century British children’s mugs and plates were created as inexpensive gifts or rewards to teach religion and the alphabet as well as to delight with pictures of animals and children’s activities. However, some of the patterns found on this pottery are frightening! Read this article.
by Michael Sack

Author Michael Sack describes the 2020 tour by 13 transferware enthusiasts to India. The group visited a number of sites that were painted by British artists in the 18th and early 19th century and subsequently incorporated as views on transferware. Images of the pottery, source prints, and locations as they appear today are included. Read this article.
The Patriot behind the pot: A historical and archaeological study of ceramics, glassware and politics in the Dutch household of the Revolutionary Era: 1780-1815
by Stellingwerf, Wytze

This book comprises a Master thesis written by Wytze Stellingwerf. In 2017 he graduated at the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University. This thesis was nominated for three prizes, respectively the national archaeological W.A. van Es prize, the Leiden University thesis prize and the IISG prize of the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam. Read more.
19TH Centruy Patterson Potters and Pottery
by Anthony Patterson

Released in 2021, this book presents history and wares manufactured by Patterson and associated potteries in the North East of England between 1821 and 1900. The book Includes details of pottery and marks never seen in any previous publication, and includes over 120 pictures of pottery. Read more.

Read a summary of the book in the December 2021 Bulletin p. 13.
Friends of Blue
Friends of blue was formed over 40 years ago and offers an opportunity for beginners and experts alike to share their interest in printed pottery. They are always delighted to welcome new members to the group. Visit the site.

HHCG is an informal, very friendly group who meet once a month to listen to talks by experts, including collectors, curators, archaeologists, auctioneers, dealers, and social historians many of whom are well known in the media. Members interested in ceramics at all levels of knowledge are always made very welcome. 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.


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New Database Discoveries
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