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

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Enjoy collecting, or want to know more about ceramics? Join today and membership lasts until September 31, 2023.


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Ceramic Resources

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

Latest Meetings Information

Meetings programme Autumn 20220
beginning on 24 September  with our
50th Anniversary Meeting
details here

Books by members

Plus class is the name given to a group of porcelains with a + or  x after the pattern number.  This booklet illustrates comparisons, discusses theories, and shows the current range of shapes and patterns found in this mysterious group
Purchase details here


The Adams Lancaster Tankard discusses the origin and development of the Lancaster shape and uses original archive evidence to discuss its development and the range of decorative treatments over 100 years of production.
Purchase details here

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Latest website news for members

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.


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Updated  to include a previously  unpublished list of London Chinamen   researched and generously shared with the NCS by Nicholas Panes.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


Ceramic News 

 NCS Exhibition

 The Northern Ceramic Society
in conjunction with
The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery


The Flowering of British Ceramics

21 May – 4 September, 2022
Potteries Museum & Art Gallery,

Admission Free
opening hours and location here

TCC Research Grant

 The Transferware Collectors Club
has announced 
this year’s research grant awards. 

To read about this year’s recipients, or past projects go their website here

To get details of the grant program and application for 2022-23 go their website

New Book

The Alastair Leslie Collection
Volume 1: Eighteenth Century West Pans Porcelain c.1764-77
by long-time NCS member
George Haggarty

Hard cover £24.99
Soft back £18.99

purchase your copy