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

Dear NCS Members,

Thank you for your membership.

Although we are currently unable to meet in person the NCS is staying in touch with a regular E-News, Newsletters, and the Annual Journal and access to online presentations including the NCS YouTube channel.

Join us

Enjoy collecting, or want to know more about ceramics? Join here.


Discover our regular Saturday meetings, twice yearly seminars and summer visists.


Find details of NCS publications, and our publication shop.

Ceramic Resources

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

New on the website 

 Dealers List
new update

Here you will find a  list of “China-men”, their customers and associates in 17th, 18th and 19th century Britain and abroad.

You can find the list here.

This List, compiled by Robin Hildyard over some 30 years, has been generously shared with the NCS by the Oxford Ceramics Group

Samuel Wedgwood’s letter

written to his father Thomas Wedgwood

In July 1788 Samuel Wedgwood was living in France and wrote a long loving letter to his father in Staffordshire in which described his life in Paris and a visit he had made to the Sèvres factory.

You can find a transcription of the letter here


NCS & OCG present

Designing Women:
how women shaped Britain’s ceramic industry.

Paul Atterbury

 click anywhere to view this powerpoint presentation

The presentation is the first major survey of more than a century of women in the British Pottery industry.  From Hannah Barlow in the late 19th century to Emma Bridgewater in the 21st century.  Paul Atterbury discusses the art and business of making pottery and the new perspective brought to the industry by Women who not only were the primary consumers of British ceramic tableware, but the new  potters, designing and manufacturing the most fashionable lines.

New to the NCS 

Ceramic talks to enjoy at your leisure

The Northern Ceramic Society has begun to upload a series of presentations to its YouTube channel.  The recorded powerpoint presentations currently include

  • The Reginald Haggar Memorial Event
  • Ruth and Ruth Ann Mason – Deb Skinner


We hope the list of programmes will continue to grow, let us have any ceramic presentations you wish to share with fellow NCS members and ceramic enthusiasts

click anywhere on this notice to go to the talk

Research Grant

The Transferware Collectors Club is pleased to welcome applications for the 2021 Paul and Gladys Richards Charitable Foundation Research Grant Program for the study of British Transferware.

Launched in 2009, the Richards Research Grant Program is dedicated to supporting research focused on British transferware produced between 1750 and 1900. To date the program has funded twenty-eight projects including a number by NCS members.

All grant applications must be received by May 4.  Details and an application form are available for download on the club’s website at

British Ceramics 

 If you enjoy collecting British ceramics, researching the history of the pottery industry and visiting ceramics collections, we think that you will enjoy our  quiz!  60 questions across 6 different categories.   
View and download the quiz here

Books by members

100 Years of Scottish Pottery 1740-1840 – A selection from a private Scottish Collection.  With 40 pages of information about a range of Scottish potteries –
More details here


Find more books by NCS members