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For some of the latest ceramic reads check below.

New Books by NCS Members

An Illustrated Update of Factory Y Patterns & Shapes  by Jean Barratt & Peter Cottam 

This booklet illustrates known tea ware shapes & sequence of patterns followed by the “U” patterns as well as some pots with a tentative attribution to Factory Y.
Showing over 65 patterns on different types of tea wares it is a revised edition of the previous publication on this subject.
The booklet comprises 46 pages,  is soft back and  A4 size. 

Price £25

Postage & packing UK £2
Postage to USA £7:50
    Postage to Australia £8
To order your copy please email Peter Cottam at


The Origins of Worcester Porcelain:Local ingenuity and the Pathways from Staffordshire, Stourbridge,Bow, Limehouse & Bristol  by Ray Jones with a contribution by Bill Jay The book discuss aspects of ceramic developments in Great Britain from around the 1720s onwards that brought about, or had a bearing on, the founding of the Worcester porcelain manufactory. The book features rare and significant wares (dating prior to 1760) from the Museum of Royal Worcester, other museums, auction houses and private collections. The two main pathways discussed are:

  1. The pottery route from Staffordshire & Stourbridge (including the approximate site of William Shore’s pottery and the probable Robert Podmore connection); Podmore’s move to Worcester, the Doctor Wall/ William Davis experiments; and the probable wares produced at Worcester prior to the purchase of the Lund’s Bristol concern. A discussion of the early careers of William Shore and Benjamin Quarman.
  2.  New evidence and discussion of porcelain experimentation from the 1720s onwards embracing soaprock; Thomas Briand’s porcelain manufactory in South London; a survey of ‘A’ Marked wares; Edward Heylyn and Bow; the evolution and failure of the Limehouse manufactory; the wares of the Limehouse manufactory including many images; the emergence of Benjamin Lund at Bristol and his incredible life story; the possible Redcliff site of Lund’s porcelain works; the wares of the Bristol manufactory including many images; associations with Delftware; and other aspects of glasshouses and ceramics in Bristol.

The book tracks the development and the progression of the Warmstry manufactory to around 1758 with a detailed examination of when mainstream production commenced and when the extensions to the works were completed that allowed full scale enamelling to take place. The wares of the Worcester manufactory to around 1758 including many images. The varying roles of the personalities involved are examined. This book combines connoisseurship, new facts and known history. New and existing analytical data help support the arguments put forward. A major contribution by Bill Jay with largely unpublished chemical data features.  Find more details and how to order   

SWANSEA COMMEMORATIVE POTTERY  by Helen Hallesy      A hardback book, limited edition of 300 copies, with over 200 coloured illustrations. The focus of this book is on a relatively small group of wares produced at the Swansea potteries which were intended to amuse, educate, inform and sometimes persuade an ever-growing middle class audience who, from the late eighteenth century showed a marked increase in education and literary skills and a participation and interest in political and social awareness. Ceramic manufacturers depended on London print shops to provide the sources from which the engravers could derive inspiration and subsequently copy; many of the Swansea designs can be traced to contemporary prints published at that time. The engravers who worked at the potteries are discussed and the sources from which they copied their designs are revealed. The difficulties of communication and travel into and out of South Wales are also examined. The subjects examined include historic events and personages; naval and military heroes, royalty, local electioneering events, social reformers and campaigners. The unifying message was one of admiration, respect and honour and a tangible reminder of some of our nations more memorable events. By placing the subjects in their social and economic context, the characters are brought to life where Swansea is placed centrally against a backdrop of international wars, politics and reform.  Find more details and how to order   
The Art Potteries of Swadlincote Derbyshire by David Ash & Pat Paling This book deals with the history and products of the only two ‘Victorian’ art potteries ever to exist in Swadlincote, Derbyshire. They were William Ault’s Faience Works and The Palissy Pottery Co Ltd both situated in Midland Road. The section dealing with William Ault’s works includes an investigation into the influence of the contribution to this pottery’s success by Dr Christopher Dresser, the eminent designer. Ault’s pottery is known the world over and is regarded by many art pottery collectors as the Bretby Art Pottery’s main rival and equal. Palissy, on the other hand, is hardly known at all and yet it too produced some pieces which ‘artistically’ speaking were just as good as both of the above potteries.  Find out more and how to order
Identifying Daniel Ornamental Wares by Brian Smith Published in July 2017, this limited edition of 150 copies is an A4 size book with laminated covers, which has 291 pages with over 620 colour illustrations, The only previous work on the topic, Michael Berthoud’s Daniel Ornamental Wares, was a 30 page Bulletin, dating from 2002. Valuable as that ground-breaking work was, it has long been out of print and copies are hard to come by. This far more substantial new work illustrates all 26 loose pages from the only known surviving ornamental Daniel pattern book found at the V&A Museum and includes a wealth of new information, illustrating many ‘as-made’ examples of vases, scent bottles, ewers, jars, standishes, and pen trays that have been identified over the last 15 years. It is a ‘must-have’ item for Daniel collectors. Find more details about this book and the one below – together with order forms  AND Published in 2015 – a few copies still available still with special discount to NCS members. H&R Daniel Earthenwares By John and Jeannette Simpson, Brian Smith and Bryan Beardmore The reputation of Henry and Richard Daniel is based on their glorious porcelain but, in spite of its importance to the commercial success of the company, little has been written about their huge production of earthenware. Signposts to Daniel earthenwares were provided in the pioneering works of Geoffrey Godden and Michael Berthoud, but few have followed that path until now. This is the first book to attempt a comprehensive survey of the various shapes and patterns produced in earthenware by H&R Daniel and to differentiate them from other contemporary manufacturers such as Thomas Dimmock & Co, to whom they are frequently attributed. Published in a limited edition of 200 copies by the Daniel Ceramic Circle with the generous support of the Transferware Collectors Club through the Paul and Gladys Richards Charitable Foundation Research Program.  134 pages, paperback, printed in full colour throughout.