After a rather perfect Thanksgiving, two Thanksgiving dinners in one day to be precise, I have discovered what is missing from many Thanksgiving tables.
Why is it that all of the Thanksgiving commercials we see on television have long holiday tables, laden with food and beautiful china, when we most often (as I have deduced from looking through countless Thanksgiving photographs on facebook, yes, you may laugh) opt to set up a Thanksgiving buffet, laden with plain pyrex dishes and in some cases, less than lovely aluminum pans?
What is missing from Thanksgiving, you ask? The Blue Willow Platter. What better piece of history and artwork to hold your turkey than an antique Blue Willow platter? The Blue Willow pattern was influenced by Chinese pottery discovered by the British when they began trading with China. As the British made strides in their own pottery making, their trade with China ended; however, the British created the Blue Willow pattern and continue to produce this pottery using the transfer method.
The transfer technique was first practiced in England in the 1750s. The transfer method is a type of decoration that allows one to use the same design or pattern multiple times. A transferred decoration can be applied over or under the glaze and is a more productive and less expensive method than hand-painting. It was not until the 1760s that the English mastered the transfer technique under the glaze, a more permanent process.
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