Photos of the Month
Summer House, Wrinehill, Staffordshire
Very 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.
Spode Paintress Mrs. Priestly
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
Remembering 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.
Britannia Pottery, Glasgow
An 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
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 available for download. English Transfer Printed Earthenware at Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India
Robey Steam Engine
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.
Flint, 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.
The 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).