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Summer School 2020

Summer School 2020  will be held 18-21 August
at the University of Chester

The programme includes a wine reception, 9 lectures and an afternoon visit offsite. There will be opportunities for members to socialize in the evening and to share their ceramic interests in a friendly relaxed atmosphere.  Bursaries are available,

A Passion for Pottery and Porcelain can manifest itself in many ways, an enthusiasm for a particular shape or factory, a delight in research or a fascination with wide ranging themes.  We are fortunate that our distinguished speakers are willing to share all these kinds of ceramic enthusiasms with us at NCS Summer School 2020. 


Latest NCS News

It is now easier to buy back numbers of NCS Journals & Newsletters,
and a range of occasional publications and CDs.

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Galleries to explore online

The Process of Making China

The Process of Making China

Illustrated with twelve engravings descriptive of the works of
the Royal China Manufactory, Worcester

This book has been generously shared with the NCS by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.   See a gallery of images from the book     Enjoy

Machin & Potts Shapebook

Machin & Potts

The shape book of  Machin & Potts, Waterloo China Works, Burslem.
This book has been generously shared with the NCS by the Reeves Collection, Washington & Lee University.   
 See the gallery of images from this book                     Enjoy

Other Ceramic News

Victoria & Albert Museum
Filthy Lucre:
Whistler’s Peacock Room Reimagined
25 Jan – 3 May 2020

Presenting a detailed reimagining of James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s famed Peacock Room – a sumptuous 19th-century dining room originally designed to house Frederick Richards Leyland’s impressive collection of blue-and-white Chinese porcelain.   More details here

The Transferware Collectors Club

invites application for the 2020 Richardson Charitable Foundation Research Grant.
deadline for applications May 4 2020.
More details here.

The Club also announces details of their      annual October meeting.
This year’s venue is Winterthur Museum.
More details here

The English Ceramic Circle 

Announces details of a study day on London Stoneware,  on Saturday, 16th May 2020.

Scholars will discuss subjects ranging from Dwight to Martinware.  There will also be sherds from London factories to see and handle.

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Book by members

Inside the Head of a Collector Why do we collectors do what we do! Dr. Shirley Mueller’s new book draws upon her unique background in neurology, economics, and art collecting to tell us both about her wonderful Chinese porcelains and how a collector’s brain responds to art.  Details here

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