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April eNews 2024

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
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Online Registration closes on April 12.

Spring into action and register for our Annual Meeting in historic Philadelphia,

April 26–28, 2024!

Online Registration closes on April 12. In person registration will be available on site, for an additional fee. See registration information at The meeting will be held at Sonesta Hotel, Rittenhouse Square, and it includes a tour of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on April 26 and a day visit to the Winterthur Museum and Gardens on Saturday April 27.

Seven ceramic experts will lecture on historic Philadelphia and its connection with Transferware. They will cover over 100 years of British Transferware History and Style in four distinct but closely related areas of interest:

  • Philadelphia’s Ceramic Market in the 18th and 19th Centuries
  • Historic Philadelphia and Patriotic Themes on Transferware
  • Transferware and the Aesthetic Movement and
  • Transfer-printed Pot Lids for the Philadelphia Trade

The meeting will also include the always popular Transferware Raffle, Transferware Sale, and Jumble Sale.

Attendees are encouraged to stay at the convention hotel, The Sonesta Philadelphia Hotel at Rittenhouse Square. TCC Room rates and availability are guaranteed until April 4. If you contact the hotel after April 4, there still may be availability at the conference rate. Identify yourself as a TCC meeting attendee if you contact the hotel by phone.

Not a Member? No worries: You can join or renew your membership at the “TCC Membership” link and then proceed to register. Become a Member

Link to Registration and details of Program, Speakers and Hotel


Drawings will be held for some great transfer-printed items! Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets throughout the event prior to the drawing at Noon on Sunday April 28th. Read more.


The Jumble Sale, which offers non-dealer members the opportunity to sell transferware and related reference books and prints from their collections, will take place during the Transferware Sale. Read more.

TCC Thanks Our 2024 TCC Annual Meeting Sponsors!


Klaus and Marcia Zech


Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates


Hanson Historic Consulting

Pook & Pook, Inc.

Teresita Majewski

These generous meeting sponsors have made it possible for us to plan for a meeting you won’t want to miss! If you would like to add your name to our list of sponsors, please contact Nancy F. Parks at


A Membership List updated on March 31 2024 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.


New Funding Announced

for the Study of British Transferware

2024 Research Grant Proposals now being accepted

All grant applications must be received by May 4th.

The Transferware Collectors Club, a US-based international non-profit organization dedicated to the study of British transfer-printed ceramics, is pleased to welcome applications for the 2024 Transferware Collectors Club Research Grant Program for the study of British Transferware.

Grant Funding

Launched in 2009, the 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 over thirty projects. A summary of winning proposals from previous years is available on the club’s website. Grant funding for selected proposals is made available by the end of August each year.

The following are the 2023 Richards Research Grant Recipients:

Radhika Vaidyanathan, India

Project Title: “Historical British transfer printed tiles, flat and round ware and their legacy in public and private collections in present day India”

David Barker, UK

Project Title: “Transfer-printed ceramics in the Eastern Caribbean: a case study on the island of Nevis”

Neil Ewins, UK

Project Title: “Alternative Narratives in Ceramic History: culture, identity, religion and race”

George Haggarty, UK

Project Title: The Gallatown and Fife Potteries, Kirkcaldy, Scotland: A Potted History and its Wares

For More Information, Contact Dan Sousa, Grant Administrator: or Scott Hanson, TCC President:

All grant applications must be received by May 4 of the year the request is made. Learn more.


Kate Greenaway “Spring” Tile

The T. & R. Boote pottery of Burslem, Staffordshire, registered this tile design on April 19, 1881. It is one of a series of four seasons designed by Kate Greenaway for the potter. Greenaway (1846 –1901) was an English artist and writer, known for her children's book illustrations. Her depictions of children in imaginary 18th-century costumes in a Queen Anne style were extremely popular in England and internationally.

The tile’s border has a Japonesque flavor with the round mons alternating with small daisy-like flowers on a background of scrolls – a common Aesthetic Movement motif. In the same year this series was registered, T. & R. Boote registered other tile designs by Greenaway. They were a large producer of Aesthetic Movement patterns in transferware.

The Aesthetic Movement’s influence on transferware will be explored in two lectures at the TCC Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, April 26-28. It is not too late to register! Join other Transferware Collectors Club members for this exciting, educational, and social gathering of transferware lovers from around the globe. Registration information can be found at:

Go to the PuzzleSee past Puzzles of the Month.

Thanks to Scott Hanson for preparing the "Puzzle of the Month" and photo by Judie Siddall.


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

On 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. See larger image. See past Photos of the Month.

Thanks to David Hoexter for preparing the "Photo of the Month."


Water Works Philadelphia

Shown is a ten inch plate titled “Water Works Philadelphia.” It was made by Ralph Stevenson & Williams (1825-1827). For TCC members, the Database pattern is #3137. View larger image. See past Patterns of the Month.

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



Lecturer: Jonathan Gray, Honorary Research Fellow at the Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales

Description: Jonathan’s lecture considers the range of ship prints used at the Swansea Pottery and provides a revised timescale for their introduction and development. Related prints - some found together with the ship prints will also be discussed.

Our Speaker: Jonathan is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, focusing on the ceramic output from South Wales 1764-1934. He is also the meetings secretary for the English Ceramic Circle. Jonathan has written extensively on Welsh Ceramics, and published The Cambrian Company, Swansea Pottery in London 1806-1808 in 2012. He is currently finalising a book on the Art Potter Horace Elliott who was active 1880-1934 and had wares made at Ewenny near Bridgend in South Wales. Jonathan is an active member of the TCC - he presented to the group at the 2011 Baltimore meeting on Swansea's Printed Wares - A Re-assessment. His lecture is available in article form on the TCC website, read the paper. Watch video.


Oriental Meeting

I am looking to buy an item showing "Oriental Meeting" (TCC Database #4621). Please contact Susan D. Walter at, or call 619 591-8093 (I’m on Pacific Daylight time).

Please contact us if you are interested in placing a classified ad

with an emphasis on transferware.


English Ceramic Circle

Melancholy Wedgwood

Iris Moon and Patricia F. Ferguson

April 11th 6PM UK

Josiah Wedgwood and sons, cameo of woman at a column, late eighteenth century, jasperware (unglazed stoneware), Gift of the Starr and

Wolfe Families, in celebration of the Museum's 150th Anniversary, 2019, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Iris Moon will be reading excerpts from her new book, Melancholy Wedgwood (MIT Press, 2024), followed by a conversation with Patricia Ferguson, curator, scholar, and author of Ceramics: 400 Years of British Collecting in 100 Masterpieces. Melancholy Wedgwood traces the multiple strands in the life of the ceramic entrepreneur Josiah Wedgwood (1730–1795) to propose an alternative view of eighteenth-century England's tenuous relationship to our own lives and times, amid the ruins of late-capitalist modernity.

Iris Moon is Associate Curator in the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she is currently planning Monstrous Beauty, an exhibition on Chinoiserie, women, and porcelain. She is the author of Luxury after the Terror and coeditor with Richard Taws of Time, Media, and Visuality in Post-Revolutionary France. She teaches at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

Patricia F. Ferguson is an Independent Scholar, having worked for the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, National Trust and National Trust for Scotland. Her publications include Ceramics: 400 years of British Collecting in 100 Masterpieces (2016) and Pots, Prints and Politics: Ceramics with an Agenda from the 14th to the 20th century (2021).

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Passcode: 648787

Webinar ID: 883 5127 8065

Passcode: 648787

International numbers available:

San Francisco Ceramic Circle

All Walks of Life: Meissen Porcelain Figures of the Eighteenth Century

Vanessa Sigalas, Associate Curator of Collections Research, Wadsworth Atheneum

Sunday, April 14, 2024 - 11:00 a.m. PST

Check with SFCC for more information and Zoom link.


The wares that missed the boat:

Transfer-printed ceramic finds from Manchester Dock, Liverpool

by David Barker

April 18, 2024 1PM EDT

Description: Excavations at Manchester Dock, Liverpool, yielded a large group of early 19th-century ceramics which had clearly been destined for export. They never made it!

Amongst the wide variety of ceramic types were numerous transfer-printed wares, some familiar, but others less so. In this presentation David will discuss these printed wares in the wider context of the assemblage and its deposition, and will consider what this tells us about the export trade in British ceramics at this time.

Our Speaker: Former City Archaeologist and Keeper of Archaeology for Stoke on Trent Museums, David Barker is a well-known researcher and author on the history of the ceramics industry, its processes and its products.

He has taught on Staffordshire University’s MA in Ceramic History and has lectured widely at all levels in the UK, Europe and North America. His publications include the books William Greatbatch, a Staffordshire Potterand Slipware in the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, as well as numerous journal articles. David is a past President of the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and has received an Award of Merit from the Society for Historical Archaeology.

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 859 1790 9398


“Mystery, Beauty & Preciousness”

Wednesday, 26th and Thursday, 27th June 2024


Mystery, Beauty & Preciousness - The mystery, beauty and preciousness of art over the centuries will be discussed including Schatzkammers (Imperial Treasuries), Regalia, Church Treasuries, Rare Jewels, Snuff Boxes, Rare Ceramics – Saint Porchaire and Vezzi, Princely Arms and Armour made by the Helmschmid Dynasty of Renaissance Armourers in the city of Augsburg who counted the Emperors Maximillian I and Charles V among their many clients.

Booking opens on 31st January. For all information including the amazing line-up of international speakers and topic please visit:

At SCI / Society of Chemical Industry, 14-15 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PS


TCC Bulletin Vol. XXIV No. 2

Current issue is available for members to download here. Free to all is a sample article: Opening Pandora’s Box: Identification and Attribution of the Greek Myth Series by Adrienne Trunk Boggs.

The TCC Bulletin Index -- incorporating listings of articles from the Fall 1999 issue through to the most recent issue. A rich resource! Search Index.

The Bulletin editors are seeking contributions for the upcoming bulletin. Contacts: Dan Sousa: or David Hoexter:

Transferware Collectors Club (TCC) Bulletin writers guidelines: Download writers guidelines

2023 Vol. XXIV No. 2


2013 Paul and Gladys Richards Foundation Research Grant Program Recipient.

Paul and Kath Holdway, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, UK Pottery Processes used at the Spode Factory; digitized 2,300 historically important slides and black and white negatives showing the pottery processes used at the Spode factory. Visit the Image Gallery.

All grant applications must be received by May 4 of the year the request is made. Learn more.


#18 - The News That Pratt Thought Fit to Print by Len Kling

Potters like Enoch Wood, Davenport and William Smith had been experimenting since the 1830s with the application of multi-colored transfers to dinner wares and tea wares, but it was not until about 1846 that patents were taken out on a polychrome printing process that successfully emulated the look of hand painted wares. Read article.

#25 - Orphan Transferware Patterns and the TCC Assigned Name, by Len Kling

Consider the case, of the Orphan Transferware Pattern. We have all seen them, languishing around the fringes of transferware society, without name or origin. If they are particularly lovely or interesting in some way they may still be taken into our homes, but most of the time we can find out nothing about them. Read the article..


Success to America: Creamware for the American Market, by S. Robert Teitelman, Patricia A. Halfpenny, and Ronald W. Fuchs II with essays by Wendell D. Garrett and Robin Emmerson

Life in the early days of the young republic was still very much tied to England and its resources. All those who could afford to do so ordered their creamware sets of dishes and goods from English potters, who were only too happy to produce and decorate the requested images that memorialized Revolutionary War heroes, newly elected presidents, maritime merchants, and patriotic sentiments. More information.

Jugs, by R. K. Henrywood

Before the days of modern packaging the only vessel available for fetching, storing or serving liquids was the simple jug. Jugs were the staple product of many pottery firms and, since most households would need several, the potential market was vast and there was great competition among the manufacturers. Read more.


International Willow Collectors

International Willow Collectors (IWC) is a group of people who collect willow-pattern china and other willow wares. Their primary purpose is to increase members' knowledge and enjoyment of willow and to provide a network through which we can communicate with fellow collectors throughout the world. Visit the site.

London Ceramic Circle at Morley College

They are dedicated to the study of British and International Ceramics, both porcelain and earthenware, from the earliest Roman time up to the present day. They offer illustrated lectures by leading ceramic experts at London, visits to places of ceramic interest, and a two-day Seminar in October each year. New members are always made very welcome and they all enjoy sharing knowledge and discussing the pots they collect. Visit the site.

Find more of the informative resources we've compiled here.


There are no Auctions at this time.

Please contact us if you are offering or know of an upcoming auction 

with an emphasis on transferware.


Please contact us if you have recommendations of

newly published transferware books.


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.


The Database Needs Editors 

Do you love a good mystery? Do you fancy yourself to be a Sherlock Holmes or Miss Marple? If your answer is "yes", then you are the perfect candidate to join the ranks of TCC Database Detectives! Download more information.  

New Database Discoveries

Articles Needed 

Please contact the web administrator with suggestions or contributions of future Database Discoveries articles. See Database Discoveries archives. 

Contributions Needed for Bulletin  

Bulletin editor Richard Halliday is seeking contributions for the upcoming bulletin.



Looking for anyone with a passion for the beauty and history of transferware who would like to help record lovely old patterns for a worldwide audience. The Database of Patterns and Sources is maintained by a team of the nicest people you'd ever want to meet. You could be one of them! We're currently looking for editors in Romantic patterns, Literature and Performing Arts, and Tiles, but let us know your interests and we can find a spot for you. Contact Len at for more information!


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. Download the Guidelines.

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.


Dan Sousa, Interim TCC Bulletin Editor:

David Hoexter, Co-Editor:

Michael Sack, Co-Editor:

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