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Monday, January 14, 2013

Wedgewood Blue And White China; The Coveted Flow Blue China 

It’s easy to picture the Wedgwood White China china as a foundation for flow blue. The translucent glowing white is extremely comparable to the bone china used in Wedgewood's blue and white designs from the mid 1800’s.

This blue and white china got its name “flow blue” simply because the blue transfer pattern appears to bleed or flow in to the white background. The procedure is said to have been developed by Josiah Wedgwood II, but several other manufacturers in the Stoke were generating this blue and white china all around the same time. Some folks mistakenly believe this approach of Flow Blue happened through a firing accident. Even so, this really is not the case. The addition of lime or chloride of ammonia in to the protective shell of the fire-clay sagger encompassing the wares while firing the glaze, produced the desired "flowing" effect.

Perhaps this reasonably priced Wedgwood china was produced simply because the flow blue approach hides a myriad of defects in the earthenware. Issues from badly joined seams on transfer prints that required several sections to air pockets in the ceramic body of the piece. With improvements in underglazing techniques, colours other than blue began to be flown.

Wedgewood White

Some of these transfers had been so flown the original pattern was hardly recognizable. Clearly it’s understandable why several English critics were not very keen on this type of Wedgwood blue and white china. It was not the detailed, clear, painted designs they had grown accustom to. Even so, it was wildly well-known in the USA at the turn of the century.

Some individuals do believe that Wedgewood Blue and White china was a firing accident. Regardless of how or why Wedgwood Flow Blue came to be, it was wildly well-known amongst the masses, and is very coveted by collectors today.

It's also clear regarding why some people thought this approach to be an accident. It appears as though the transfer has bled out of its lines. It's not clear why Wedgwood developed this approach, or why he thought it could be a well-known style, but since its introduction Wedgewood blue and white china has been coveted by collectors for decades.

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