Transfer Print

Manufacture date : 1760- present


Transferprint jug - Dollery
Blue-printed jug from matched set that included a waste bowl from the Dollery site downtown Toronto.

According to Snyder (1997:9), “transfer printing allowed a potter to quickly duplicate a pattern by transferring it from an [engraved] copper plate to a ceramic vessel via a specially treated paper. Transfer printed patterns appealed to consumers as the process afforded them the opportunity to purchase complete sets of dishes that were virtually identical, a feat never before possible with the hand painted wares.”

Overglaze motifs in black were common on creamware prior to the 1820s. Underglaze motifs were exclusively blue until the potters discovered how to control for colour in the firing process in the 1820s. Additional colours include black, green, red/pink, purple, brown and combinations thereof. Prints are common on pearlware, refined white earthenware, and ironstone.


Before 1830 1830-1845 1845-1870 1870-1890 After 1890
Blue only Blue, Brown, Black, Red, Purple or Green Blue, Brown, black Blue and browns popular in 1880’s Many colours; over glaze



Snyder, Jeffrey B. 1997. Romatic Staffordshire Ceramic. Atglen, PA, Schiffer Publishing.