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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Once Strict 'Blue Laws' Have Largely Faded
Hartford Courant, February 25th

Until the 1980s, if you tried buying a pair of blue jeans, a place setting of flow blue china or a blue racer snake in Connecticut on a Sunday, you would likely have found yourself singing the blues. State law kept most stores shuttered. Though many...Read more

3-breasted woman IS lying, thermal camera shows
Daily Mail, February 24th

She set the internet on fire last year by claiming to have an extra asset. But 21-year-old 'Jasmine Tridevil' became the subject of intense scrutiny after extraordinary images suggested she had become the first woman in the world to have an artificial...Read more

Officer's Anger Abates In A Brotherhood Of Blue
Hartford Courant, December 29th

The New York Police Academy graduation ceremony on Dec. 29 at Madison Square Garden in New York was marked by a moment of silence over the Dec. 20 shooting deaths of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. The New York Police Academy ...Read more

Plates made in Staffordshire bought at garage sale
NewsOK.com, November 30th

Q: I have enclosed the mark that is on the back of six Flow Blue luncheon plates that I bought over 40 years ago from an antiques shop. Each dish is decorated with a border of roses against a white background. They are in perfect condition. What can...Read more

City to sell blue fountain water to benefit City of Fountains Foundation
fox4kc.com, October 21st

in Kansas City are in need of critical repair. The blue water bottle sale will start on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 10 a.m. at Plaza Customer Service located at 4750 Broadway Blvd. The city says eight major KC fountains will flow blue throughout the...Read more

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TheStreet.com, July 22nd

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Joe Rosson: Flow blue patterns form a slight blue haze around design
Knoxville News Sentinel, August 26th

Q: Enclosed are pictures of china that belonged to my father's aunt. I don't have the full set, but I do have several pieces, including a large platter and a serving bowl with lid. The markings have "Anita" and "England" stamped on them, but I cannot...Read more

Joe Rosson: 'Flow Blue' plates no longer red-hot with collectors
Knoxville News Sentinel, August 3rd

It was made in England by Johnson Brothers and is in their "Kenworth Flow Blue" pattern. I have found two serving pieces priced at $199.95 each, but not the value of the plate. Can you help? Sincerely,L.W.Dear L.W.:I think I can, but the news is not good...Read more