Histories of UK potters and pottery manufacturers

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Last updated: 1st August 2011


There are many specialist websites that cater to interest in particular themes or aspects of ceramics history rather than focusing on particular manufacturers.


A commercial site founded in 1995 to service collectors seeking blue and white transfer printed patterns. The site maintains a large virtual museum of blue & white shapes and patterns and has a matching service for those seeking to complete sets.


A site devoted to pottery piggybanks with much interesting information on their manufacturers.


A site dedicated to providing information and images about ceramic (mainly) match strikers and the companies that manufactured them. Includes match strikers, match holders and matchbox holders.


A site developed by noted ceramic sculptor Peter Holland and devoted to all aspects of ceramic sculpture. There are histories of the major bone china manufacturers, a newsletter, a figurines gallery and guides for novice sculptors working in clay.  


Beswick is well known for its equine models, but other manufacturers also produced high quality models of horses and equestrian subjects. This site has some 2,500 pages and contains 25,000 images.


Site dedicated to the transfer printed china patterns featuring representations of the asiatic pheasant one of the most popular oriental motifs used by British potters in the 19th Century.


A site with extensive information on UK and European ceramics, including histories, makers marks and a glossary of terms. There is comprehensive coverage of the early UK ceramics manufacturers. Despite the site’s name, it also has extensive coverage of other categories of antiques.


An outstanding resource based on a personal collection of ‘retro’ (1950s - 1980s) English ceramics. Includes coverage of the major pottery manufacturers and much information on the design influences and designs of the period.


The website ‘retrowow’ is an online resource about aspects of life in Britain in the 1950s, 60s and 70s and includes coverage of ‘retro collectibles’ including ceramics.


This is the site of the Transferware Collectors Club and covers British underglaze transfer printed ware including Blue & White transfer printed ware, Pratt Ware and other classes of transfer printed ware. The Club produces a TCC Bulletin and an archive and pattern database of 7000+ patterns is available to members. A high quality and authoritative site.


An excellent site devoted to retro/vintage ceramics, glass, textiles and kitchenalia from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s - primarily UK and European.