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Transferware Worldwide Lecture Series - Beyond Blue: Transfer Printing in Fancy Colours

Ralph Wedgewood

Title: Beyond Blue: Transfer Printing in Fancy Colours

Lecturer: Pat Halfpenny, Curator Emerita, Ceramics & Glass, Winterthur Museum

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Northern Ceramic Society

Members, please check your email in early May for the Zoom link to this lecture. Non-members are also welcome to view future Transferware Worldwide lectures: simply provide your email address to receive the Zoom links and news and information about future TCC programming.


Pat Halfpenny imageDescription: After a brief glimpse of underglaze blue printing at the opening of this presentation, Pat will go on to introduce other late 18th century underglaze colour printing options including bi-colour printing which was undertaken on a small scale in the 1790s. The major focus of the talk will be on the new colours and processes introduced from the 1820s, and which became a standard part of production by the 1830s. The story concludes with the introduction of multi-colour printing from 1835 and its widespread use after the Great Exhibition of 1851.


Pat HalfpennyOur Speaker: Pat Halfpenny specializes in the study of 18th & 19th century Staffordshire earthenwares.  She began her career in 1967 at the City Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, England, where she was Keeper of Ceramics from 1980-1995. From 1995-2009 she served as Curator of Ceramics & Glass, then Director of Museum Collections Winterthur Museum, Delaware, USA.  In 2013 she was made Curator Emerita, Ceramics & Glass, for Winterthur Museum in recognition of her contributions.

Pat is a TCC member and has served on the TCC Board of Directors.  She is currently on the Board of The Friends of Blue and is Chair of the Northern Ceramic Society. As an independent ceramic researcher, she continues to curate, write, lecture, and contribute to websites about ceramics.