Wedgewood Blue And White China; The Coveted Flow Blue China

It’s easy to imagine the Wedgewood White china as a base for flow blue. The translucent glowing white is very similar to the bone china used in Wedgewood’s blue and white patterns of the mid 1800’s.

This blue and white china got its name “flow blue” because the blue transfer pattern appears to bleed or flow into the white background. The process is said to have been developed by Josiah Wedgwood II, but many other manufacturers in the Stoke were producing this blue and white china all around the same time. Some folks mistakenly believe that this process of Flow Blue came about through a firing accident. However, this is not the case. The addition of lime or chloride of ammonia into the protective shell of the fire-clay sagger surrounding the wares while firing the glaze, produced the desired “flowing” effect.

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Perhaps this moderately priced Wedgwood china was produced because the flow blue process hides a myriad of defects in the earthenware. Things from poorly joined seams on transfer prints that required several sections to air pockets in the ceramic body of the piece. With improvements in underglazing techniques, colors other than blue began to be flown.

Some of these transfers were so flown that the original pattern was hardly recognizable. Clearly it’s understandable why many English critics were not very fond of this type of Wedgwood blue and white china. It was not the detailed, clean, painted designs they had grown accustom to. However, it was wildly popular in America at the turn of the century.

It is also clear as to why some people believed this process to be an accident. It appears as though the transfer has bled out of its lines. It is not clear why Wedgwood developed this process, or why he thought it would be a popular design, but since its introduction Wedgewood blue and white china has been coveted by collectors for decades.

Many brands of china, flatware and giftware collections are available at Char Crews. For more information on these products and many more please visit our website at www.charcrews.com. If you are unable to find what you’re looking for email us at info@charcrews.com or call us at 1.800.323.1972

It’s easy to imagine the Wedgewood White china as a base for flow blue. The translucent glowing white is very similar to the bone china used in Wedgewood’s blue and white patterns of the mid 1800’s.

This blue and white china got its name “flow blue” because the blue transfer pattern appears to bleed or flow into the white background. The process is said to have been developed by Josiah Wedgwood II, but many other manufacturers in the Stoke were producing this blue and white china all around the same time. Some folks mistakenly believe that this process of Flow Blue came about through a firing accident. However, this is not the case. The addition of lime or chloride of ammonia into the protective shell of the fire-clay sagger surrounding the wares while firing the glaze, produced the desired “flowing” effect.

Perhaps this moderately priced Wedgwood china was produced because the flow blue process hides a myriad of defects in the earthenware. Things from poorly joined seams on transfer prints that required several sections to air pockets in the ceramic body of the piece. With improvements in underglazing techniques, colors other than blue began to be flown.

Some of these transfers were so flown that the original pattern was hardly recognizable. Clearly it’s understandable why many English critics were not very fond of this type of Wedgwood blue and white china. It was not the detailed, clean, painted designs they had grown accustom to. However, it was wildly popular in America at the turn of the century.

It is also clear as to why some people believed this process to be an accident. It appears as though the transfer has bled out of its lines. It is not clear why Wedgwood developed this process, or why he thought it would be a popular design, but since its introduction Wedgewood blue and white china has been coveted by collectors for decades.

Many brands of china, flatware and giftware collections are available at Char Crews. For more information on these products and many more please visit our website at www.charcrews.com. If you are unable to find what you’re looking for email us at info@charcrews.com or call us at 1.800.323.1972

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