What is transferware? It is a type of pottery that is decorated by tissue transfer printed from copper engravings (a process invented in 1750). This is a very skillfull craft as nowadays most potteries use the easier process of water slide transfer (similar to those that children put on model planes). Burleigh is the only company in the world producing tranfer printware.
Why is there some variation in transfer printed decoration? All decoration is applied by hand and therefore shows some variation. We believe this makes our product distinct and is an enhancement in this day and age of mass produced products.
What makes the colour in the patterns in transferware? All transferware colours are metal oxides that can withstand the high temperature of the glaze firing. Blues are generally made from Cobalt Oxide. All these are inert and non-toxic.
Why do some borders show a join in the pattern? The borders are printed from the engraving and come out as a continuous ribbon. Because they are applied to a variety of shapes by hand they do have a point where the pattern is interrupted where the ends meet.
Why do plates and dishes have slight marks underneath? These are where they have been supported with kiln furniture. Plates are supported in three spots with pins, this suspends them and prevents them sticking to each other.
What is the glaze? The glaze is literally like a thin glass jacket that covers the pottery.