Many of those aquatints were used by potters in the 1820s as sources for Indian patterns on transferware.
Source prints can be critical to the dating of the ceramic piece." #13--February 2014: "Yes – Transfer-Printed Tiles are in the Database" Author Connie Rogers writes "Tiles are among the earliest examples of the use of ceramic material for decorative purposes.We may think of the blue and white Dutch Delft tiles found on fireplace surrounds in the 18th century." #12--November 2013: Death and Bereavement on Transfer-printing Author Colin Murray Parkes writes "Death is an unpopular topic in our society and we may ask why anyone would want to include death-related imagery on items intended to decorate homes or to be used in the daily consumption of food and drink.I decided to look for Masonic patterns in the TCC Pattern and Source Print Database in the hopes of learning more about the Masons." #14--May 2014: Source Prints (Not Just Pretty Pictures) Author Weston Palmer writes "The Transferware Collectors Club (TCC) database, now with over 11,000 records, also has well over 750 source prints, the supposed inspiration to the potter of the scene or depiction on his ceramic creation...These source prints are not just pretty pictures or works of art, but are often a different type of clue as to the scene itself and its location.We read the pattern marks and naturally take it for granted that what is printed there is accurate, but alas, that's not always the case." #10--April 2013: Surprising Spout Prints Author Dee Dee Dodd writes "Recently I was intrigued when working with several patterns, used on tea and coffee wares.
More specifically, the intrigue had to do with the varying spout prints found on these pieces.
A systematic trawl of the current TCC database reveals 104 patterns that are directly related to death." (Lengthy article; please be patient for the download.) #11--September 2013: Don't Believe Everything You Read on that Plate Author Len Kling writes ""It's a painful thing to have to admit, because we all love our dishes and want to be able to trust them.
However, the plain truth is that for almost two centuries, some of them have been deceiving their owners.
#21 - October 2015: The “Uva” Mystery Author Leslie Bouterie writes "The talents of master detectives like Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, and Miss Marple are often needed to decipher the mysteries of transferware patterns.
As the Floral and Botanical editor for the TCC database, I channel their skills whenever possible and try to emulate their thorough investigatory techniques." #20 - July 2015: Ways to Fit the Transfer Pattern Onto the Ware Author Connie Rogers writes "Imagine the dilemma the transferer faces when the engraving at hand is not large enough to cover the entire center of the platter being decorated. The firm was established in 1842 by the two brothers: John and Matthew Perston Bell." #16–November 2014: A Scottish Mystery Author Michael Sack writes "A simple question from a friend, a retired historian, has set off a chain of research and highlighted a mystery.
In some ways these poor little tykes irritate us - why isn't there more information available"? Time to Get Organized Author Susan Ferguson writes "Here’s my new database for my Brown and White transferware collection. I created it because my word processing program just provided me with loose sheets of paper that I would need to (four letter word) file".