Flow blue was a type of transfer pottery produced by Staffordshire, England, potters beginning in about 1820. Sold mostly in the U.S. market, flow blue was similar to traditional blue-and-white pottery, except that the blue color was deliberately blurred, an effect achieved by adding a cup of lime or ammonia to the kiln during glazing.

English manufacturers of antique flow blue included Wedgwood, Johnson Brothers, Minton, Royal Doulton, and Swansea. Patterns ranged from Blue Danube to Idris to the classic Willow. As for the objects themselves, they included toilet wares and teapots, plates and platters, vases and garden seats, and even dog bowls.

One interesting subset of flow blue is the blue-marble effect. All-over patterns such as Lazuli lent itself to this look: When given the flow-blue treatment, the pattern would blur so that from afar the object resembled a piece of carved, blue-veined marble.

By World War I, U.S. potteries were producing most of the flow blue for the domestic market, causing English potters to exit the business, which had never been popular in the U.K. to begin with. The desirability of the ware waned in both countries between the wars, but interest picked up again in the U.S. in the 1960s. Because large amounts of 19th-century flow blue had been shipped to, or manufactured in, the U.S., flow blue remains fairly reasonable to collect.

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Antiques shop liquidation expected to draw crowd
SFGate, August 28th

The entire store full of Victorian, antique and collectible furniture, artwork, glassware and china, including flow blue, Staffordshire, Limoges, Wedgewood and crystal glass, will be auctioned off, with many of the items being sold with no reserve...Read more

Special report: Fire hydrants
KPLC-TV, August 14th

The band color relates to flow. Blue is best and red is worst. And a yellow circle means it's basically out of service, and they should avoid using it in most circumstances. "No matter what tag the hydrant has on it, if the hydrant is broken we put a...Read more

Grace Eloise Myres
Charleston Gazette, August 12th

Most Kanawha valley antique collectors will remember Joe and Weezie at the auctions, flea markets and yard sales where they would vie for the next old quilt, pewter plate or flow blue pitcher. Their home on Dutch Road was a virtual antique store...Read more

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Latin Post, August 12th

The rumors of Beyoncé, 32, and Jay Z, 44, ending their marriage continue to flow. Blue Ivy's parents seem to have lost their squeaky clean and perfect image ever since the infamous Solange attack on the business mogul at NYC's Standard Hotel. So what's ...Read more

Cost remains key driver in SDN adoption, but automation can help
SiliconANGLE (blog), August 11th

open flow blue data center infrastructure flying cubes architecture abstract big data analytics cloud There are many factors contributing to the adoption behavior surrounding software-defined networking, from mobile devices in the workplace to...Read more

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Pierce County Tribune, August 8th

China; Esther McClintock with Moroccan Amethyst by Hazel Atlas; Desiree Klein with Avon 1876 Cape Cod Ruby Red dinnerware; Charles Repnow with Athena by Royal Albert and Chester by Syracuse; and Julie Baustad with a collection of Flow Blue...Read more

Maine Antique Digest, August 8th

Child's Gaudy Ironstone washbowl & pitcher w/tulip, Banded yellow ware mix. bowls, Ant. decanters inc. blown 3 ring & crystal etc., Redware crock by Isaac Good, Ant. wall spice set w/12 Germ. china dwrs., 13” Flow Blue platter “Oriental” by Ridgway, 16 pc...Read more