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

Dear NCS Members,

Thank you for your membership.
We pleased to resume our utumn program and hope that we will be able to meet in person over the next 3 months.

And of course,  the NCS will still  stay in touch with members through our 
E-News, our regular Newsletters, and the Annual Journal.

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

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


1788 Samuel Wedgwood’s letter to his father

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


1805 Abner Wedgwood’s letter to Ralph

In 1805 Abner Wedgwood  wrote to his older brother Ralph asking for advice on bodies and glazes that he might use in his new job as head of the blue printing department at Etruria.

You can find a transcription of the letter here


Ceramic News 

NCS Autumn Programme

 The NCS is pleased to announce that the Autumn programme of meetings has resumed.

Saturday October 30
The Potteries Museum

Saturday November 27
Temple Newsam

attendance is free but registration is necessary. Full details are available

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 2021-22 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

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.

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