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

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Ceramic Resources

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

New on the Website

Latest Summer School information and registration details here

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Updated  to include a previously  unpublished list of London Chinamen   researched and generously shared with the NCS by Nicholas Panes.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

 Spring Programme

 The NCS is pleased to announce the
Spring Programme

Next meeting

Saturday 26 March 2022
Wolfson Lecture Theatre Home Farm
Keele University

attendance is free but registration is necessary.

Details available 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 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