Thursday, October 23, 2014


The theme of the fifteenth annual meeting (although this is a debatable point) of the Transferware Collectors Club was printing on ceramics. The meeting commenced with a lecture titled Perfecting Printing on Pottery by Pat Halfpenny.  Pat's lecture served as a springboard for the opening of an exhibit at the Winterthur Museum in Delaware titled Transferware: A Story of Pattern & Color.

David Hoexter, the TCC Internet Content Manager, at the Winterthur Museum Transferware exhibit
What is overglaze Printing?
Overglaze printing is exactly what is says; printing over the glaze!  Below are some example of overglaze printed items.

Overglaze items

Underglaze printing is, of course, applied under the glaze.

What is underglaze printing?

Underglaze items

In conjunction with the mortar and bricks exhibit at Winterthur,  the TCC and the Northern Ceramic Society launched an online exhibit on ceramics printing titled Printed British Pottery and Porcelain;
The online exhibit is an education.  The answers to the questions of overglaze and underglaze are found by clicking on the link above.

What Did They Make?  page from the online exhibit Printed Pottery and Porcelain 1750-1900

Printed British Pottery & Porcelain 1750-1900


  1. Thank you for reminding me about the Northern Ceramic Society! We have a collection of their journals, but didn't realise that they are online now.

  2. I am a NCS member. Wonderful organization.