Do you collect a particular item? If so, there are probably others who also collect the same interesting item and chances are that there is a club for these people. Collector clubs are as varied as the items collected. We collect a certain type of ceramics called transferware and there’s a club for that!
We joined the Transferware Collectors Club after finding their website on the internet. We had been searching for information and came across their website, featuring an outstanding and detailed database. We joined the club for information from the database. Featuring in depth information, it is edited by experts and pulls together information from around the globe. If you have an unidentified piece of transferware, this should be your first stop!
Sharing information is the key to club membership. The TCC keeps its membership informed by a quarterly newsletter, which we religiously read. In addition, each year, the TCC holds an annual meeting and, this year, the meeting was in a part of the country that we had not visiting previously. It didn’t take long for us to decide to attend our first club meeting at the Seattle Mayflower Hotel in downtown Seattle, Washington from October 18-21, 2012. We were hoping for a broader understanding of our collection and what we experienced was way beyond our expectations.
While attending the meeting, we visited public and private collections and learned about antique transferware from experts, both professionals and collectors. We made contact with dealers from the U.S. and Great Britain and we meet some of the people whom we had brought from online. It was a great experience for both us.
For Philip, the highlight of his trip was meeting Dick Henrywood. Dick is a published book author, who has a vast knowledge of all things ceramics. He’s the Rock Star! Dick has co-written “The Dictionary of Blue and White Printed Pottery” Volumes 1 and 2, which are outstanding reference books containing many photos and facts. He very generously and patiently answered Philip’s questions.
For Theresa, the highlight was the access into the private collections, where people live with their items and enjoy them daily. One collection was located in a private ranch-style home at the end of a cul-de-sac. Here the items were displayed among the owners’ lovely antiques and framed historical maps. Another collection was found at the top of a retirement condominium, high above the Seattle skyline. The enthusiastic owner had been collecting blue and white since she was 13 years old and every nock and cranny was filled with blue and white. A collection at a beach home featured platters with eskimos and sea life and others featured sailing ships with shell borders. An impressive home on an exclusion island was totally submersed in blue and white and featured transferware in every room, with a fantastic collection of botanical prints and botanical ceramics.
We had a wonderful visit and met the best people ever! As we reconnected with friends and acquaintances, we also expanded our circle of friends across borders. You can’t spend a week with such wonderful people and walk away unchanged. We look forward to another club meeting.
Check out the Transferware Collectors Club website at www.transcollectorclub.org
Their tagline “Sharing a passion for antique British transferware from 1760-1900.”