Antiques Study Club meets
The Warren Antiques Study Club met on Monday, Feb. 26, at the Warren Woman’s Club.
The business meeting was led by Chris Winans, club president. Pat Slattery read a poem about using your finest china for a special dinner occasion, written by Joseph C. Lincoln, “When the Minister Comes to Tea.”
Ruth Barnes Shaw introduced the guest speaker, Vickie Ferrie. Mrs. Ferrie, a member of the Antique Study Club, gave a presentation on Flow Blue China. Vickie exhibited a variety from her personal collection, including exquisite oriental plates, brush-stroke platters and romantic and floral tureens. She became interested in flow blue through her brother-in-law, Mike Ferrie, who has been collecting flow blue for 60 years. He started giving her a piece of flow blue when he came to visit.
Flow blue is the name applied to china of cobalt blue and white, whose color, when fired in a kiln, produced a flowing or blurred effect. The flow may be very slight to a heavy blur, where the pattern cannot be easily recognized. The blue color does not permeate through the body of the china. The amount of flow on the back of a piece is determined by the position of an item in the “sagger,” a case of fire clay, during firing.
It was made from the early 1800s until just after the turn of the century. The dishware was most popular during the Victorian era and has experienced several surges of renewed popularity since.
Around 1820, they also discovered that the flow of the blue dye could be enhanced by using lime or ammonia chloride in the glazing process. The degree of blue varied greatly among manufacturers and the flow effect conveniently hid most flaws. Josiah Wedgewood is generally recognized as the creator of the Flow Blue pottery in the 1820s.
Vickie Ferrie and her husband have the little antique store in Russell, “Russell Antiques and Treasures Trading Post.”
After the presentation, members enjoyed refreshments, which were provided by Bobbi Hessley and her committee.