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Technology of Printing

engraving a copper plate

Transfer printing made its first appearance on ceramics in the 1750s.  Engraved copper plates like the one on the left produced quality images at a fast rate.  The name "transfer printing" derives from the process of moving, or transferring, the image from copper plate to printed paper to pottery.







To discover the many applications of underglaze printing technology to pottery click on the links below.

Origins of printing on ceramics
Origins of underglaze blue printing on earthenware
Spode and blue printed earthenware
Hot press printing
Color printing