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. Most of our Bulletins are now available to members on line.
The Annual General Meeting and Day Conference this year will be held at the Spode Museum, Stoke-on-Trent on Sunday 8th July. Arrive at 10am onwards for a 10.30am start. Main speaker Pat Halfpenny, with a second talk by Dick Henrywood. Finishing at 4pm. This is an important meeting since if we cannot get more volunteers for the committee, especially for secretary and editor of the bulletin, then the club will probably have to fold.
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 44 years ago and members are now able to view all 176 of our bulletins on line in the Members only section.
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.