English White Ironstone 1840s to 1865
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The White Ironstone China Association

With the 1980 publication of A Look At White Ironstone followed by A Second Look At White Ironstone in 1985, both by Jean Wetherbee, the interest in white ironstone exploded as collectors searched for the mid to late 19th century ware detailed in both books. A small group of white ironstone collectors from the New England states and New York met periodically to share their common interest and gradually increased the size of their group to include collectors throughout North America. The decision was made to formally expand and in 1994 the White Ironstone China Association (WICA) was incorporated. Jean Wetherbee was a founding member.

The pleasure and excitement associated with collecting white ironstone has prompted members to study its history, manufacturing processes, potters and their marks, importers’ marks, body styles, and types of ware.

Annual conventions are held in the United States with attendance open to all members. Educational opportunities abound. Members may present for discussion items they have acquired, view ironstone exhibits, participate in the buying and selling of ironstone, listen to guest speakers, and attend a large white ironstone auction. Conventions are an opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones.

WICA publishes an educational newsletter, White Ironstone Notes, several times a year. It also issues a periodic White Ironstone China Association E-News to all members and prospective members.

The White Ironstone China Association Facebook page is another WICA resource.