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What’s the Pattern? Exploring Transfer-printed Earthenwares from Charleston with Curator of Historical Archaeology Martha Zierden and Archaeology Volunteer Juliana Falk

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What’s the Pattern? Exploring Transfer-printed Earthenwares from Charleston with Curator of Historical Archaeology Martha Zierden and Archaeology Volunteer Juliana Falk

August 10,2023

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Charleston Museum

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Transfer printing, developed in Staffordshire around 1783, revolutionized the ceramic industry. This process, that used tissue paper to transfer a design from an engraved and inked copper plateto a ceramic vessel, allowed potters to quickly apply complex decoration to pottery. Printed wares were common through the nineteenth century, and came in a variety of vessel forms. North America was the main market, and British potters sent shiploads across the Atlantic, many decorated with American scenes. Many transfer patterns were produced for a short time, so identifying the pattern on pottery fragments allows archaeologists to better date their sites. But with thousands of patterns available, this isn’t always easy. Join Curator of Historical Archaeology Martha Zierden and archaeology volunteer Juliana Falk to view a table full of transfer printed earthenwares from the archaeology collections. We’ll discuss some of the archaeological sites that produced these ceramics. We’ll highlight identified patterns and use reference books and web sites to identify others.

Guests are invited to bring their own printed wares to be identified. Please note, due to the vast number of patterns, identification is not guaranteed. A limited number of wares are able to be identified at the workshop. Registration for identification is required and is on a first come, first served basis.

Member $25 | Non-Member $40

Member with Print Identification $40 | Non-Member with Print Identification $55

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