The Northern Ceramic Society
sharing an understanding and enjoyment of all kinds of ceramics

Members and non-members are invited to
The Northern Ceramic Society
2024 Summer School

People & Pots
Makers & The Marketplace

27-30 August,2024
Chester University

details here

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Enjoy collecting, or want to know more about ceramics? Join the NCS, a friendly group of fellow enthusiasts.


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Ceramic Resources

From pattern books to apprenticeships  and from the 18th to the 20th century – we have resources for research.

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NCS Members only pages
a new benefit of membership

New Benefits of Membership, exclusive access to galleries, videos and new research.  Click on the image below to find the latest resources.

 Latest addition to the members only page

Understanding the code on a diamond registration mark 1824-1883,  Find out who registered a mark, when it was registered and what design was protected.


Books by members

H&R Daniel – A Pocket Guide to aid identification by J & J Simpson, B Smith, B Beardmore, G & S Pickett  illustrates within its 84 A6 sized pages all the known Daniel shapes. Another  section provides a full description of each shape, approximate dates of manufacture, range of pattern numbers  previously recorded and any further hints to aid identification.

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In this pioneering study, Jonathan Mallinson follows William Moorcroft’s career through a wealth of private papers, letters, diaries, business correspondence, newspapers, trade magazines and art journals. Richly illustrated with examples of his pottery, the book examines an artist’s very individual response to the turbulent half century in which he worked.

Free to read or download on line  more details here

This booklet by members Peter Cottam and Pat Preller, has 32 pages detailing over 70 patterns on different shapes manufactured by Turner. Wares illustrated include polychrome porcelain, blue & white porcelain and earthenware, and  Turner’s Patent pots.   There is a short synopsis of the life of the manufactory as well as illustrations of the marks used by Turner.
Purchase details here


Rathbone, 1808 to 1843, Marks, Shapes, Patterns  by Ian Harvey commences with a history of the family, partnerships and pottery.  It records china teaware, plain and coloured, prints and lustre, and china dessert ware, vases, mugs and jugs   There are regular updates in the Newsletter.  

Purchase details here

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Other resources available to all users on this site include

Useful Thomas & Ralph Wedgwood

A paper read to the English Ceramic Circle in December 2019 and published in ECC Transactions volume 31, 2020. This paper is posted with the generous permission of the English Ceramic Circle..

You can find a link to the article  here


Major update to List of Dealers

Updated  to include a previously  unpublished list of London Chinamen   researched and generously shared with the NCS by Nicholas Panes.

You can find the a link to the Dealers list here


Pad Mark Gallery

This gallery is intended to aid research into a group of stonewares with moulded and sprigged decoration that have a small stylized floral pad mark containing the model number.

You can find a link to the gallery here


For many more resources check the research resources tab above