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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:

tile in chair

Tiles don't need to be placed on floors, walls, or surrounding a fireplace. This one nicely compliments a chair. The tile pattern shown here is Wheat Bouquet, and for those interested in additional information, it is pattern # 19246 in the TCC Database, of Patterns and Sources. Thanks to Jayne Scott for the images, posted to our website Message Board.


Annual Meeting

Annual MeetingSeven superb lectures, the largest ever raffle, and tours of the Winterthur transferware rooms and reserve collection highlighted the Philadelphia 2024 Annual Meeting. Shown is a smattering of the fantastic transferware presented at the meeting’s final event, the Show and Sale. Photo credit: Judie Siddall

Extraordinary Collection of Philadelphia Transfer-Printed Pot Lids and Related Items

Extraordinary Philadelphia CollectionOn view, a spectacular collection of Philadelphia producer pot lids and bottles. Jules Hauel was the most prolific of the producers, active 1839-60. This is perhaps the most complete collection of Hauel lids and bottles (the image includes a few samples from other Philadelphia producers). Our April 26-28, 2024 meeting in Philadelphia will include a lecture on the topic of Philadelphia product producers and their transfer-printed product containers and lids.

Just a Few Broken Plates

Excavation at the Spode Works in Stoke-on-Trent. Just one example of several thousand images related to the pottery industry and transferware available for download from the TCC website Image Gallery:

Just a few broken plates

A Blue Transferware Sampler

Just a very small fraction of the spectacular transferware collection assembled by Colin and Patricia Parkes, our hosts for an afternoon during our 2015 England tour. Most if not all of the patterns shown here are in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources, as Colin was an avid DB editor. We are saddened by Colin’s recent death.

A Blue Transferware SamplerA Blue Transferware Sampler

Tempus Fugit

Use it Wisely.  Words to the wise from William Pyke, Diamond Merchant and Goldsmith in Birkenhead, England.  This merchant plate, a complimentary gift to customers, dates 1891-1905.  TCC members can learn how we dated the plate by viewing Entry 15552 in the Database of Patterns and Sources.  Also shown is the Pyke Grange Road shop.

Use it WiselyUse it Wisely

A Modern Take on Transfer Printing

Ceramic artist Forrest Middleton, of FLM Ceramics in Petaluma, CA, creates transfer-printed pottery using tissue transfers from silk screened “plates”, applied directly to the thrown or formed pot or tile. For more information, see the FLM website:

Ceramic artist Forrest MiddletonCeramic artist Forrest MiddletonCeramic artist Forrest MiddletonCeramic artist Forrest Middleton

Transferware at Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India

At least 107 transferware patterns are appended to interior and exterior walls at four locations within Junagarh Fort. Shown here is a projecting window surround, with at least 37 patterns. How many can you identify? Refer to the 2020 article by Hoexter and Siddall, in TCC Bulletin Vol. XXI, No. 3.  Members can download the entire bulletin; the article is available to anyone here.

Transferware at Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India Transferware at Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India Transferware at Junagarh Fort, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India

The Goddess Kali

Judge for yourself the quality of the source print, and what was deleted/added to the transferware engraving. The source print is “Ceremony of Washing the Goddess Cali and the Idol Jagan-Nath”, found in Cyclopedia Londiniensis, 1805; the 5.25 inch high by 11.75 inch diameter bowl is by an unknown maker. More information in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources; this pattern is named “Goddess Kali”, and is DB entry #4793. 

The Goddess KaliThe Goddess Kali

Hector Dragged Behind Achilles’ Chariot (Hector Dragged by Achilles’ Cart)

Thanks to Rob Hunter’s FB site for this ca. 1765-70 transferware  (bat printed?) sepia creamware plate in the Chipstone collection, with an image of Hector being dragged around the walls of Troy behind Achilles’ cart as described in Homer’s Iliad.  Thanks to Google Images and the website Alamy for this 1719 public domain image of a print by Bernard Picart, the probable source print, although Chipstone references an engraving by T. Rothwell from a 1711 translation of the Iliad.  Whatever the source, the plate is spectacular! Click on image for larger version.

print by Bernard Picart

sepia creamware plate in the Chipstone collection

Snow Highlights the Dudson Museum

A winter aerial view of the Dudson Museum, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.  Thanks to Phil Rowley and the website StokeOnTrentLive.

Snow Highlights the Dudson Museum

Atkinson’s Bears Grease pot lid

Atkinson’s Bears Grease pot lid, 57 mm (2.24 in) diameter. Bears grease was a popular pomade for men’s hair. The company occupied the 44 Gerrard Street London address between 1818 and 1832, making this lid one of the earliest! The accompanying polar bear figure is 9-½ inches high and 16 inches long, and is extremely uncommon (only a handful known).  It would have likely been placed in a shop window.   Little doubt Staffordshire, England, although makers, unknown. Photo credits: Bob Houghton (lid), David Hoexter (bear figure). 


Atkinson's Bears Grease pot lidAtkinson's Bear

Can anyone identify this retailers mark?

June2023An Australian graduate student has asked for our assistance in identifying this apparent retailers mark, which includes text in (possibly) Cyrillic.  Please send your thoughts to the TCC web administrator,

Who can Identify this Pattern(s) ?

We often receive requests on the TCC website Message Board for assistance in identifying patterns. We generally can successfully provide the pattern name and related information. But occasionally a request stumps us. Following is the first in what no doubt will be a series of requests for members’ help. This mug, missing its handle, is 5 inches high and wide (diameter). It currently resides in Scotland. The member(s) who successfully provides pattern ID, maker, and anything else of interest wins great fame and bragging rights.

Unidentified Pattern #01


Earthenware creamware jug

Earthenware creamware jug, ca. 1800.Earthenware creamware jug, ca. 1800.

No comment on the phrase.


Courtesy of Paul Vandekar, from his FB site.

Residence Interior Wall

A residence interior wall with various items, enhanced with just one transferware platter.  The pattern is “Masonic Institution for Girls, St George’s Field, Southwark”. This example is 11.5 X 14 inches, smaller than the example shown in the TCC Database of Patterns and Sources, where it is record # 3886. The building was constructed in the late 18th c and housed up to 100 orphaned daughters of freemasons through 1856. Although the maker is unknown, a retailers mark on the reverse names John Burn, Newport Market, London, and in cludes the name J.J. Cuff, who operated a tavern and coffee ship on the premises in 1805 and at least through the printing of this platter, probably the 1820s. TCC members can view the DB entry for additional information. 

Masonic Institution for Girls, St George’s Field, SouthwarkMasonic Institution for Girls, St George’s Field, SouthwarkMasonic Institution for Girls, St George’s Field, Southwark-mark

Life in Stoke

Life in StokeLife in Stoke, undated photo. Courtesy of Peter Lovatt in Potteries of Stoke on Trent Facebook site.

Heavy Work

 Heavy WorkImage courtesy of Potteries of Stoke On Trent Facebook page.

Kent and Margie Williams’ garage in Newcastle, CA

Kent and Margie Williams’ garage in Newcastle, CAKent and Margie Williams’ garage in Newcastle, CAKent and Margie Williams’ garage in Newcastle, CAGathering for presentations in Kent and Margie Williams’ garage in Newcastle, California, during the TCC Western Regional meeting in June, 2009, and a tiny fraction of Margie’s pink (Margie not in photo).

Use Your Transferware!

Lunch provided by Michael Sack at the October 2022 TCC San Francisco meeting.  Why not put your beautiful pieces to work?  Not dishwasher safe, and please, nothing acidic and no cutting.

Use Your Transferware!

Just a Few Bits.

Spotted during our 2010 meeting in New England.

Just a Few Bits

Conway Pottery, Park Lane, Fenton

Thanks to Terry Woolliscroft for sharing his painting of Conway Pottery.  Shown here is a 1970 photo, and Terry’s rendition.  Sadly, the building and its two ovens are gone. Credits:  photo and painting courtesy of Terry Woolliscroft.

Conway Pottery, Park Lane, Fenton photoConway Pottery, Park Lane, Fenton painting

California Regional Meeting 2011

Sharing transferware tales at the California Regional Meeting in 2011.  Details for the forthcoming regional meetings in the San Francisco Area and Deerfield, MA are forthcoming.

California Regional Meeting 2011

Toast Rack

Transfer printed toast racks are uncommon, particularly when printed with an architectural themed image.  It is difficult to tell, but it appears that one engraving was used, and the printed tissue cut down to fit the variably sized dividers.   We would welcome additional images of transfer printed toast racks.

Toast Rack