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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.

The Printing Process

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

Hot press printing

Color printing