This led to the production of a porcelain called bone-china, which was harder and more elegant looking, and more like the revered Chinese porcelain that set the standards for fine porcelain.
Even the name, bone-china, references it’s similarity to Chinese porcelain, and bone-china remains the type of porcelain most associated with Staffordshire today.
There is a noted porcelain company named Crown Staffordshire, and Staffordshire is a region that was, (and still is), home to many English porcelain makers.
This is information every keen porcelain collector should know.
Either through the invention of new processes and formulas or through their hallmarks of craftsmanship and design.
It was their efforts to refine their processes or perfect their craft that place them among the most desired porcelain collectibles around today.
The list of porcelain potteries from the Staffordshire region includes many well recognized names in the world of vintage porcelain collectibles.
Cobalt blue worked so well on the porous surface of unfinished porcelain pieces during the design transfer process, that the flow of the color actually helped hide some of the imperfections that naturally occur in early porcelain production.
With so many porcelain makers in the Staffordshire region, it’s not hard to understand why there were so many design styles associated with the Staffordshire name.
Probably the most recognized Staffordshire porcelain would be Blue Ware or Flow Blue Porcelain as pictured above, (although Flow Blue is more a process than a type of porcelain).
However, the earliest verified appearance of the Staffordshire Knot is on a seal in the British Museum.
The seal was the property of Joan, Lady of Wake, who died in 1443.