Printed Pottery Enjoy printed pottery? check back for our latest additions to these resources Underglaze blue printing in Britain Underglaze blue printing on earthenware began in Britain in about 1784. It was used to decorate a wide range of objects with patterns that represented current fashion and popular tradition. Here is a brief illustrated introduction. Colour printing Although underglaze printing on earthenware began with blue, the potters explored colour to attract a wider market. Blue remained the most popular of all the colours available, but here you can discover what else was on offer.