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What is transferware and how is it made?'s cold here in Tulsa. My kids are out of school today due to the ice and snow. I like being 'snowed in' sometimes. My desk faces a window and I love to look out and see white...I love to watch the snow as it falls softly. The uninterrupted snowfall not yet disturbed with the kids footprints and the cars tracks is simply stunning. It makes me think of Colorado, where we lived for just a year, and of skiing every weekend at Breckenridge. My son made me cheesy eggs and ham for breakfast and my daughter had hazelnut coffee freshly brewed when I got up this morning. How nice, and tasty! The kids are going sledding with some friends, so now, I must settle into working on this post. I thought I'd share with you just what transferware is and about the process of its being made. If you read my first post then you may remember that I grew fond of transferware before ever even knowing it had a name! Transferware is a timeless, decorative art form of pottery. It is


Having been a collector of something or other since early childhood, I found myself drawn to red toile plates around the age of 20 while decorating my first home. I had collected a few scenic plates but had never heard the term ‘transferware’ used to describe them. I just knew I’d become fond of it from a decorative aspect. It matched my home d├ęcor’ and I loved the look of the aged plates hanging on my wall or placed in my curio cabinet. As a Christmas gift one year, my husband surprised me by giving me several vintage pieces of ‘Old Britain Castles’ by Johnson Brothers. The dealer described them as vintage pieces and told my husband that you could tell the age of the piece by the unique back-stamp on the back of the plate. This intrigued me. I found myself perusing antique shops, flea markets and yard sales for these items. My collection grew slowly, and with it, my knowledge of it. While browsing online one day, I discovered that ‘transferware’ was the term for this type of pottery I