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Photos of the Month

Send us your favorite photo and caption for consideration as an upcoming Photo of the Month for inclusion on the TCC web site, Facebook site, and monthly eNews:

Grant Wood Certainly Knew His Tea

Grant Wood Certainly Knew His TeaGrant Wood Certainly Knew His Tea

Winterthur 2014

 Winterthur 2014

participants viewing various transferware-related documentsTCC members were treated to many transferware delights at our 2014 annual meeting held at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library in Delaware.  Pictured here is part of the display in the special exhibit “Transferware:  A Story of Pattern and Color”; and obviously engaged meeting participants viewing various transferware-related documents and prints from the Winterthur library and archives (candid photo).

Transferware Children’s Mugs

Just a sampling of the hundreds of children’s mugs in the collection of Historic New England (HNA), located in the Boston MA vicinity.  We viewed the mugs and much more at the HNA Collections and Conservation Center as part of our October 2013 Annual Meeting.  Read more about the meeting.  Read about every TCC Annual Meeting.

Transferware Children’s Mugs

New Hampshire Collection

From a New Hampshire Collection, viewed during the TCC 2010 Annual Meeting.

From a New Hampshire collection, viewed during the TCC 2010 Annual Meeting.

V&A Museum

Ceramic wonders tower over a visitor at the V&A Museum in London.

V&A Museum

Salt Plates

What is a “salt plate” and what is the connection to death and transferware?  More information.

Credits:  Thanks to Sue Wagstaff for bringing this to our attention and to David Hoexter for preparing the "Photo of the Month."

What is a “salt plate” and what is the connection to death and transferware?  More information.  Link:  Credits:  Thanks to Sue Wagstaff for bringing this to our attention and to David Hoexter for preparing the "Photo of the Month."Salt Plates detail


Bat Printing

Two examples from the bat printing process.  Images by Robert Copeland.  For additional images, visit the TCC website Image Gallery:  

Bat PrintingBat Printing

Blue Room, Spode Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent

Blue Room, Spode Pottery, Stoke-on-TrentA view of the famed Blue Room at the Spode pottery in Stoke-on-Trent.  Photo by Robert Copeland, from the TCC website Image Gallery.  Or visit the website of the Spode Museum Trust.

Summer House, Wrinehill, Staffordshire

Summer House, Wrinehill, StaffordshireSummer House, Wrinehill, StaffordshireVery few of the 8,000 – 9,000 advertising pot lids portray an actual building, let alone the owner’s residence (in this case) or the actual manufactory (apparently across the road).  This one does.  According to the Historic England website, Summer House dates from around 1710-1720.  The lid probably dates from the later 19th century.  More information in the TCC DB, Pattern # 12307.

Mission Transferware

The Carmel Mission, Monterey County, California. This child’s plate was on display in the mission museum. We’ve seen similar mid-19th century English transferware at several other missions over the years.

The Carmel Missionchild's plate

"no-smoke" day in Hanley

A rare "no-smoke" day in Hanley, believed to be 1930s.

A rare "no-smoke" day in Hanley, believed to be 1930s.

Credit:  Nicholas Panes, Facebook site The Pottery Manufacturers of Stoke on Trent

Spode Paintress Mrs. Priestly

59pe mrs priestley- a paintress on her 82nd birthday 1937

Photo on the occasion of her 82nd birthday in 1937.  Just one of hundreds of images in the TCC Website Image Gallery. View more photos.

Window Surround Interior, Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, India

What is Dick Henrywood photographing?  This alcove is faced with dozens of transferware patterns.  How many can you identify?  See more in the TCC Bulletin, December 2020. English Transfer Printed Earthenware at Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India

Dick Henrywood photographing alcove is faced with dozens of transferware patterns

Robert Copeland

Robert CopelandRobert Copeland demonstrating Spode foot bathRemembering Robert Copeland (Spode Factory), for no particular reason other than we miss him! Robert travelled to and spoke at our 2001 Annual Meeting in Monterey, CA, just weeks after 9/11, and was immeasurably helpful with our 2003 Annual meeting in Stoke-on-Trent, England. Shown here demonstrating how to use a foot bath (Spode, of course) even if without water, and in a more formal shot. Images from the TCC website Image Gallery

TCC Meeting in Baltimore, October 2011

One of the hightlights of our 2011 annual meeting was a visit to a private collection. In this case, we viewed extraordinary American historical transferware and enjoyed wonderful views of the Baltimore Harbor, all at one location!

American historical transferwareBaltimore Harbor

Britannia Pottery, Glasgow

Britannia Pottery, GlasgowAn undated photo of the Britannia Pottery in Glasgow, showing nine kilns, innumerable saggars, and workers.  For those less familiar with the pottery firing process, the wares were placed in the saggars, which were in turn placed into the kiln for firing.  

Thanks to George Haggarty for this image, from his Facebook page, with permission.

“Cowman” and Friends at Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India

“Cowman” and Friends at Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, Rajasthan, IndiaPart 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 available for download. English Transfer Printed Earthenware at Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India

Robey Steam Engine

Minton stoke obeyMinton Stoke Robey

The Minton Stoke Robey steam engine, transported to and restored at Cheddleton flint mill. To view more images encompassing numerous topics, visit the TCC Website Image Gallery.

Cheddleton Mill

Cheddleton Flint Mill downstreamView downstream from the Cheddleton Flint Mill near Stoke-On-Trent, England (above), taken on the same occasion as the image below of the mill (below).  The contrast between the industrial and the rural in 18th century England is apparent!  Thanks to Roger Pomfret for the image.

Cheddleton Mill

Cheddleton MillFlint, an important pottery ingredient, was fired and milled at this location, not far from Stoke-On-Trent, England. The flint was transported by canal from the beaches of the English Channel to the mill. TCC members spent a lovely morning at the site, as part of our 2003 annual meeting. View several thousand images related to ceramics and transferware on our website’s Image Gallery, here. Read a description of the 2003 meeting here.

Spode's Italian

spodes italian patternThe Italian pattern (aka Blue Italian) is the Spode factory’s most popular pattern, first produced in 1816 and in production until recent years. Featured here is the pattern on a 9.5 inch plate, and a photo of a portion of an engraved-copper plate used in the pattern’s production (not necessarily the engraving used to print this particular plate). More information on the Italian pattern in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources (DB Pattern No. 12253). The copper plate image is one of thousands included in the TCC web site Image Gallery. Access the TCC Database (members only). Access the entire  Image Gallery (available to all site visitors).