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It is with deep regret that we note the passing in October, 2020 of Maurice Hillis, one of the principal curators of this exhibition. His contribution to the exhibition's content, both in terms of the history and the production of printed British ceramics, will forever be valued and appreciated.


New Online Exhibition of Printed British Pottery and Porcelain

Launched October 17, 2014 and Updated August 1, 2019

This comprehensive online exhibition of Printed British Pottery and Porcelain was launched on October 17, 2014 and updated on August 1, 2019 making the site accessible on multiple technology platforms. This joint project of the Northern Ceramic Society and the Transferware Collectors Club relates the remarkable story of the production of printed pottery and porcelain in Great Britain from 1750 to 1900.  Designed for the enjoyment of a broad audience from the ceramic novice to the advanced collector and researcher of printed British wares, the exhibition introduces visitors to all aspects of Great Britain’s proud and vibrant industry. 

Visitors to the site are invited to travel through the history of printed pottery and porcelain, learn about the factories that produced it, explore the various methods used to print designs on wares and view the more than 1,000 items carefully selected for the exhibition catalog.  The site’s exhibition curators have endeavored to select items that represent all methods of printing used by a wide variety of factories producing printed ceramics:  Included are examples of overglaze and underglaze printing--both bat and hot-press printed-- in single, multicolor printed, as well as printed and painted items.  A wide variety of shapes including rare and unique items are presented. 

Exhibition visitors can choose to view the exhibit items by print type, pattern categories, printed and painted examples, or by makers.  Also included are ten carefully selected examples of important series patterns; wares that employ a common border design while featuring unique center patterns on different shapes.  Known sources of inspiration for many of the patterns, whether they are Chinese export porcelain designs or works of art and printed sources, are also included with selected items in the exhibit.

Designed to be a meaningful interactive experience, visitors will be able create their own personal gallery on the site.  Named My Gallery & Notes, this added interactive feature enables visitors to save images of favorite items to which they can add their own notes, organize them in albums, and save them for viewing on return visits to the site.  

The exhibition showcases the benefits of organizations with similar interests, in this case from both sides of the Atlantic, that are willing to commit funding and the efforts of many volunteers to create a meaningful and educational experience for people interested in printed pottery and porcelain.  Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Printed British Pottery and Porcelain will welcome visitors from around the world.