Welcome to the Friends of Blue web site.
The club, founded in 1973, exists to study under-glaze blue decoration on pottery using a transfer print, a technique developed in Britain during the last two decades of the eighteenth century, when patterns deriving from contemporary Chinese porcelain designs began to appear. Many of these early designs were very similar to what we know today as Willow Pattern. As time went on, however, and techniques improved and tastes changed, every kind of design imaginable was used, from stately homes to bowls of flowers, from historical scenes to ships at sea.
Today, these products of British potters are far better appreciated than ever before and are sought after by collectors, not only in the UK, but also abroad, particularly in North America, to where large quantities of the wares were exported during the first quarter of the nineteenth century.
For as little as £20.00 p.a. (£25.00 overseas) you can become a Member of the Friends of Blue, receiving four illustrated newsletters (Bulletins) per year, and gaining access, by arrangement with the Keeper of Records, to the Club's Records built up over more than thirty years by the efforts and information of Members. The Annual General Meeting and Day Conference is held on the last Sunday in June. Local Meetings of small groups of Members are also encouraged. These are offered and hosted by individual Members in their own homes with the help of Committee Members. Special previews of auction sales and free catalogues are also offered. Why not download an Application Form now and visit other pages on our web site to find out more about us.The club was founded 41 years ago and members are now able to view our earliest bulletins in the Members only section. Currently Nos 1 - 70 are available to view on line, plus the last 10 or so most recent ones.
There are two forthcoming exhibitions which those intertested in transferware may be interested in visiting. The first, which runs from 1st November 2014 until 18th January 2015, is of the engraver Paul Scott's work on the willow pattern. It will be at the Holburne Museum in Bath. See Holburne Museum.
The other exhibition, which is scheduled for January 2015, will be at the V & A in London and features blue and white British printed ceramics from the earliest years.
See Victoria and Albert.
For this exhibition Friends of Blue will be organising a visit in the spring, and details of this outing will be posted for members.
A NEW WEBSITE
A new online exhibition has been launched uder the auspices of the Transferware Collectors Club and the Northern Ceramic Society.
This joint project relates the remarkable story of the production of printed pottery and porcelain in Great Britain from 1750 to 1900 and is a valuable source of information for all collectors, researchers and lovers of blue & white transferware.
Click here for a link to the site.
Please send any comments on our new web site to the webmaster, Gerard Ledger at grledger@@fob.org.uk Delete one of the @ s before sending.
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