The Antique Mile is a group of local antique, vintage and home decor shops located on North 4th Street in Albuquerque's quaint Village of Los Ranchos.
These shops specialize in different antiques, eras, collections & products.
Their staffs are friendly, helpful experts in home decor and design, lighting and porcelain repair, faux and decorative painting, and more. Be certain to ask for their expert advice and take advantage of their varied services.
The Antique Mile is a popular destination with some of the best local shops in close proximity to Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

An Introduction to TRANSFERWARE

Transferware is a style of ceramics including pottery, dinnerware, and other delicate items. It uses transfer printing, a decorative technique which was developed in England in the mid-18th century, particularly around the Staffordshire region.
The process starts with an engraved copper plate similar to those used for making paper engravings. The plate is used to print the pattern on tissue paper, then the tissue paper transfers the wet ink to the ceramic surface. The ceramic is then fired in a low temperature kiln to fix the pattern. This can be done over or under the glaze, but the underprinting method is more durable. The process produces fine lines similar to the engraved prints in old books. Before transfer printing ceramics were hand painted, a laborious and costly process.
Twentieth century major English manufacturers include Crown DucalEnoch WoodRoyal StaffordshireRoyal CrownfordAlfred MeakinSpodeJohnson Brothers, and Mason's. The most actively sought-after patterns, are: Crown Ducal's "Bristol", "Calico", "Castles", "Charlotte", "English Chippendale", "English Scenery", "Friendly Village", "Historic America", "Italian", "Liberty Blue", "Old Britain Castles", "Rose Chintz", "Tonquin", "Tower", Vista", and more. The process was popular in other countries including Germany.
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