I have been collecting Blue Willow and other blue and white china since I was a teenager. I remember the first piece I ever bought was a small blue transferware flowerpot that I found at a yard sale.
After I purchased my first piece, I was hooked and as the years past I continued to add pieces to my collection. It's not a big collection but it is enough for me! It's a mixture of Blue Willow, Flow Blue and other blue transferware. I'm not terribly particular when I find a new piece, I don’t mind an occasional chip or crack, that is just part of it’s story. If I like it, I bring it home and add it to the collection, which I display in a couple of cabinets I have. I especially like the way they stand out in my white cabinet!
Most of the pieces are old, some were family pieces and a couple of them are new, but I enjoy them all! When the time came to decide on a name for my little business, Blue Willow Home & Farm seemed to fit. I’m sure I will continue to add to the collection and as I do, I will be sure to share them with you!
For those that are interested, I thought I would share a little history about transferware. The process of transferware was developed in England in the mid-18th century. An engraved copper plate is used to print a pattern on tissue paper. The tissue paper is then used to transfer a wet ink pattern onto a ceramic surface. The ceramic is then fired in a low temperature kiln to set the pattern. Before this process was developed, ceramics were hand painted which was very labor-intensive and costly.
Flow Blue was also first made in England around 1825 and quickly became popular in America, Europe and India. Decorated china had been very expensive, but Flow Blue made decorated china affordable for the middle class. To make Flow Blue, color is applied to an earthenware base as a transfer and is exposed to a chlorinated atmosphere in the kiln. The chloride created the effect of causing the colors to spread out and blur and that was the reason for the name Flow Blue.