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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Nation News, July 29th

SHAWN CUMBERBATCH, shawncumberbatch@nationnews.com. Added 29 July 2015. Join us on no-image · Follow us on no-image · Print. flow-blue-men. With its recent launch, FLOW has been aiming to paint Barbados blue, as illustrated by this group of ...Read more

Book, Art, and Ephemera Auction: Ceramics, Botanical, Leather
Fine Books & Collections Magazine, July 27th

The ceramics are well preserved and include late 18th and early 19th century Staffordshire examples from makers such as Pratt, Clews, Hall, and Wood & Sons and several different styles including flow blue transferware, Crimean war lusterware, slipware ...Read more

07/04/2013 – 21st Antiques in the Church Yard
LocalPutnam, July 21st

toy soldiers; door stops; perfume bottles; American Elegant glassware; picnic ware; English Flow Blue; Tansferware; wool work; Industrial pieces; candle reflectors; European advertising posters; salesman’s samples; New England farm tools...Read more

B & B Auction Celebrates 44 Years
Orange Leader, July 19th

sewing cabinets, tea trolleys, clocks, scales, bookcases, gates, mirrors, pictures, tools, flow blue pottery, Staffordshire dogs, Bibles, cut glass, dinnerware sets, cake sets, dresser sets, lamps, telephone benches, monk benches, étagères, bureaus...Read more

Bowling Green hosts Flow Blue club convention
Bowling Green Daily News, July 16th

The event will open to the general public at 10 a.m. on Sunday, with vendors selling Flow Blue dishware. Membership to the FBICC is $45 per year and may be obtained at the convention center or at flowblue.org, where payments can be made with PayPal or ...Read more

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Boothbay Register, July 13th

This year's show will be another great show with antiques dealers specializing in American and English furniture, antique silver, marine antiques, decoys, Staffordshire, Flow Blue, Americana, Folk Art, early hearth equipment, and more. This year's show...Read more

Heritage: Daughter remembers parents' Salem restaurant
Statesman Journal, July 2nd

Diners were served meatloaf and brown gravy and her mother's special clover leaf bread rolls on "flow blue" plates with three sections. Knieling's mother, Lucille, would wake up early each morning to bake pies and bread for the day. She also would type...Read more

Blue flow has fallen out of fashion
azcentral.com, May 12th

Question:I purchased about a dozen pieces of flow blue in the Normandy pattern during the 1980s. Because the pieces I have are at least a century old and in excellent shape, I assumed they would also be easy to sell. I was wrong. I am unable to find a...Read more