You can't have too many books!For some of the latest ceramic reads check below.
New Books by NCS Members
Shapes and Patterns
Peter Cottam & Pat Preller
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.
The booklet comprises 22 pages, is soft back and A4 size.
Price £15 + p&p
To order your copy please email Peter Cottam at firstname.lastname@example.org
Longtime member Gordon Elliott has a website where you can
purchase downloads or cds of his many books
Gordon Elliott MA PhD was Keeper of Ceramics at the City Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, now The Potteries Museum. He then became Principal Lecturer in ceramic history in the Department of History of Art & Design at Staffordshire University. In addition to teaching responsibilities he has successfully supervised post-graduate students at Masters and Doctorate levels. More recently his energies have been focussed on lecturing and writing.
His wide range of books is available at Claylake Publications, check it out here
New volume of The Transferware Recorder Published
by Dick Henrywood
Reynardine Publishing are delighted to announce the publication of a fourth volume in the Transferware Recorder series. Again authored by Dick Henrywood, this volume is a first foray away from British views, concentrating this time on patterns related to literature. It covers prose, poetry, novels, plays, and their authors, with Sir Walter Scott, Charles Dickens, William Cowper, William Shakespeare, Robert Burns, Lord Byron, James Thomson, Samuel Rogers, and even Virgil and Aesop making guest appearances. The book covers seventeen different series of patterns by makers including Davenport, William Ridgway, John Rogers & Son, Bailey & Ball, T. & R. Boote, Goodwins & Harris, Pountney & Goldney, John Meir, John & Robert Godwin, Joseph Clementson, Dillwyn (Swansea), William Smith & Co. (Stockton) and the Brownhills Pottery Co. There are separate chapters on Shakespeare and Cowper, and a good selection of individual patterns which are not part of series. Characters encountered include Don Quixote, Robin Hood, Robinson Crusoe, Tam O’Shanter, Paul and Virginia, Little Nell, plus, of course, the various characters found in Scott’s Waverley Novels. Extending to over 200 pages and with more than 700 illustrations, it is the largest volume to date, printed as before in colour throughout.
In the Footsteps of Fidelle Duvivier by Charlotte Jacob-Hanson
A career summary of Fidelle Duvivier with new discoveries of his work for the Sceaux manufactory in France including a pictorial Appendix illustrating examples of his decoration done in England, France, and the Netherlands.
Format: Soft-cover, 8 ½ by 11 inches, 108 pages, 125 illustrations
Available from the author at her website: www.chjacob-hanson.com
Price: $45, payable with PayPal/credit card (includes postage and handling for customers in the US and Europe).
Estimated shipping time 2 to 3 weeks.
Charlotte Jacob-Hanson’s articles on Duvivier posted at www.academia.edu under her name, and can be read or downloaded.
- “Fidelle Duvivier in France and the Netherlands,” The Magazine ANTIQUES, (Brant Publications, Inc.. New York), January 2006.
- “Fidelle Duvivier: Tracing the Career of a Porcelain Painter,” Vormen uit Vuur, Nr. 199, 2007/4, pp. 37-45.
- “Deux-viviers? A critical reappraisal of the Duvivier family,” Transactions of the English Ceramic Circle, vol. 19, part 3 (2007), pp. 477-483.
- “New Attributions: Fidelle Duvivier in the Netherlands,” International Ceramic Fair and Seminar Handbook, June, 2008, pp. 19-27.
- “Fidelle Duvivier: The Painter and his World – Collected Memories,” Northern Ceramic Society Newsletter, No. 184, December 2016, pp. 45-53.
New discoveries are posted at her website regularly under ‘Gallery & Blog’.
An Illustrated Update of Factory Y Patterns & Shapes by Jean Barratt & Peter Cottam
This booklet illustrates known tea ware shapes & sequence of patterns followed by the “U” patterns as well as some pots with a tentative attribution to Factory Y.
Showing over 65 patterns on different types of tea wares it is a revised edition of the previous publication on this subject.
The booklet comprises 46 pages, is soft back and A4 size.
To order your copy please email Peter Cottam at
- The pottery route from Staffordshire & Stourbridge (including the approximate site of William Shore’s pottery and the probable Robert Podmore connection); Podmore’s move to Worcester, the Doctor Wall/ William Davis experiments; and the probable wares produced at Worcester prior to the purchase of the Lund’s Bristol concern. A discussion of the early careers of William Shore and Benjamin Quarman.
- New evidence and discussion of porcelain experimentation from the 1720s onwards embracing soaprock; Thomas Briand’s porcelain manufactory in South London; a survey of ‘A’ Marked wares; Edward Heylyn and Bow; the evolution and failure of the Limehouse manufactory; the wares of the Limehouse manufactory including many images; the emergence of Benjamin Lund at Bristol and his incredible life story; the possible Redcliff site of Lund’s porcelain works; the wares of the Bristol manufactory including many images; associations with Delftware; and other aspects of glasshouses and ceramics in Bristol.
The book tracks the development and the progression of the Warmstry manufactory to around 1758 with a detailed examination of when mainstream production commenced and when the extensions to the works were completed that allowed full scale enamelling to take place. The wares of the Worcester manufactory to around 1758 including many images. The varying roles of the personalities involved are examined. This book combines connoisseurship, new facts and known history. New and existing analytical data help support the arguments put forward. A major contribution by Bill Jay with largely unpublished chemical data features. Find more details and how to order