Turkey transferware platters. Kathryn Greeley and her home inspired me to write a post about transferware. Have a look at the recent interview that Kim Shaver had with Kathryn Greeley (author, designer and hostess) here.
The Thanksgiving turkey transferware platters in the beautiful interview and above, inspired me to research turkey transferware online.
The Transferware Process
Nancy Roberts, of Nancy’s Daily Dish, is one of the country’s experts in turkey transferware.
Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving an official holiday in 1863. After that, Nancy writes, England’s potters began answering the desire of America’s middle class. In other words, the desire to have tabletop items for their homes that included their favorite Thanksgiving bird, the turkey.
Transferware is when patterns are imprinted onto china. Therefore, the process to create transferware includes:
- An engraved copperplate inked and pressed with a damp tissue onto the china.
- After that, the decoration becomes permanent with glazing and firing.
Today, turkey transferware is a sought after vintage collectible. They originate from English potteries like Ridgway, Johnson Brothers, Royal Staffordshire, Wedgwood, and others.
The two pictures above and below are from Love to Love Dishes blog, here.
I love the delicate colors in these and the beautiful edge detail.
Aren’t these sets simply beautiful?
Flow Blue Turkey Platters
Flow Blue is an English transferware made by Staffordshire England potters.
In addition, Flow Blue transferware production began around 1820. Flow Blue transferware was made with a cup of lime or ammonia added to the kiln during glazing. In other words, Flow Blue was glaze that was deliberately blurred.
Above all, flow blue is the type of transferware Kathryn collects and can be seen below.
Other Platter Colors
However, brown and flow blue are not the only transferware colors that look great. Similarly, purple looks especially pretty with Thanksgiving’s oranges and golds.
For instance, Clarice Cliff the first female potter for Royal Staffordshire made the piece below. In addition, do you remember when Leslie Hendrix Wood wrote about her, here?
I can just imagine the artist who created this pretty pattern many years ago, can you?
In addition, Hadley Court readers, a remarkable educational museum exhibition has just opened – online!
The Transferware Collectors Club has just debuted this gorgeous online exhibition.
The exhibition includes patterns, potteries, stories, and people involved in printed British pottery and porcelain between 1750-1900. In conclusion, this is a great opportunity for everyone who collects or has an interest in transferware. Similarly, this collection includes not only turkey transferware but all British transferware patterns.
To find out more about British transferware prints click on the link: http://printedbritishpotteryandporcelain.com/ Let me know what you think in the comments below.
In addition, Nancy’s Daily Dish (where several of these pictures came from) has you covered for collected transferware and any type of English transferwear. To find out more click on the link: http://nancysdailydish.net/
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