Search
 
Flow Blue International Collectors' Club

Articles

ARTICLES

FINIALS

Finials that topped the lids of coffeepots, teapots, sugar bowls, and tureens, were a unique way of adding a design element to a pattern.

Finials

picture71

WAYS TO DOWNSIZE A COLLECTION

The club gets many requests about how to begin to downsize a collection.

Down Sizing Your Collection

WHAT’S IT WORTH???

Ouch! Not an easy question to answer, for many reasons. Why? Well, do you want to determine something’s value “for insurance purposes” or do you want to make sure you can resell it at a profit?

What’s it Worth?

KELLER & GUERIN POTTERY

BARBARA KAMERANCE
BETTY REED, CONTRIBUTOR AND EDITOR

Keller & Guerin was a French family pottery that made flow blue, mulberry, and polychrome faience pieces in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The history of the factory dates to 1728.

Keller and Guerin Pottery

NEW FLOW BLUE

BY ELLEN HILL

THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE WAS TAKEN FROM THE FBICC’S BLUE BERRY NOTES:

We have been concerned for quite some time about the proliferation of so-called New Flow Blue. There is nothing wrong in buying a piece of china that was manufactured recently – it is wrong to represent these pieces as being “old” or “antique” and charging accordingly.

New Flow Blue

THE DISTIN FAMILY

Research of a Moulded Relief Jug

By Dan Sapira

Early in 2014 Warren Macy asked me if I knew anything about the figure which appears on the relief moulded jug pictured below:

The Distin Family – Research of a Moulded Relief Jug

THE QUESTION OF LEAD POISONING AND CERAMICS

By George Wells

This question concerning possible lead poisoning associated with the use of antique china is one that surfaces frequently.

The Question of Lead Poisoning

IN SEARCH OF C. A. SELZER’S MESSINA

By Ken Gallagher

As the past Webmaster of FlowBlue.Org I received many inquiries asking about Flow Blue China, pattern identification, value, where to sell, where to buy, etc. but an inquiry really piqued my curiosity.  A young lady sent me a photo of a Flow Blue plate, that with a little research, I determined was Messina by Cauldon.

In Search of C. A. Selzer

FLOW BLUE: EARLY, MIDDLE & LATE

“Flow Blue” entered the English pottery world in response to highly valued Chinese Export porcelains.  The fanciful oriental landscapes and romantic themes created in deep cobalt blue caused quite a stir in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, which prompted English potters to imitate the designs and bring their own version to the marketplace.

Flow Blue: Early, Middle & Late

PHOTOGRAPHING FLOW BLUE

By Bill Hooten

A bout a year ago, I took a photograph of an Oregon mug I have in my collection for Betty Reed. She asked me how I took my photos because she liked the end product.

Photographing Flow Blue

WHEN TO BUY?

By George Wells

With the most discreet nonchalance you can muster, you glance at the price tag. After you perform a bit of mental arithmetic, your blood begins its inevitable rush toward your feet.

When to Buy?

ADJUSTING PHOTOGRAPHS FOR PRINT OR WEB USE

By Bill Hooten

n this rather technical follow-up article to my original photography article, I will discuss how I use Photoshop CS5 after taking photos of flow blue or mulberry ironstone to adjust curves.

Adjusting Photographs for Print or Web Use


A Triumphant Horn Sounds for Flow Blue
Dan Sapira
Barbara Kamerance, Contributor
Betty Reed, Contributor and Editor

In a previous article on the website entitled “Distin Musician Figural Jug,” Dan presented an interesting relief jug decorated with the figure of one of the musicians of the Distin family band.

 Triumphant Horns

98_1_bl1
“New” Flow Blue
by Ellen Hill

We have been concerned for quite some time about the proliferation of so-called New Flow Blue. There is nothing wrong in buying a piece of china that was manufactured recently – it is wrong to represent these pieces as being “old” or “antique” and charging accordingly.

 New Flow Blue

About The Flowing Process

By George Wells

A lot has been written about the production of flow blue and mulberry china, but when potters and collectors attempt to
explain the actual science of such processes, misinformation is often the result.

About The Flowing Process

EBAY VS. THE CONVENTION

By George Wells

You might get a sense that while the world turns and things change, our Club just keeps plodding along with blinders on. Not So!

 eBay vs. Convention

CHINA AT THE CROSSROADS

The American Civil War & Its Effect
On Ceramics

By Barbara & David Kamerance

A Convention presentation how the Civil War effects on ceramics.

China At The Crossroads

Become a Member to make your collecting experience more enjoyable.