Frequently Asked Questions
Are Burleigh products all made in England?
Yes, we make, from clay to cup a 100% pure English product. Our entire process is carried out at our factory in Stoke-on-Trent.
What is transferware?
It is a type of pottery that is decorated by tissue transfer printed from copper engravings (a process invented in 1750). This is a very skillfull craft as nowadays most potteries use the easier process of water slide transfer (similar to those that children put on model planes). Burleigh is the only company in the world producing tranfer printware.
Why is there some variation in transfer printed decoration?
All decoration is applied by hand and therefore shows some variation. We believe this makes our product distinct and is an enhancement in this day and age of mass produced products.
What makes the colour in the patterns in transferware?
All transferware colours are metal oxides that can withstand the high temperature of the glaze firing. Blues are generally made from Cobalt Oxide. All these are inert and non-toxic.
Why do some borders show a join in the pattern?
The borders are printed from the engraving and come out as a continuous ribbon. Because they are applied to a variety of shapes by hand they do have a point where the pattern is interrupted where the ends meet.
What is the glaze?
The glaze is literally like a thin glass jacket that covers the pottery.
Are Burleigh products dishwasher and microwave safe?
Yes. As the decoration is under glaze it does not wear out. It is also safe to put it in a microwave.
Are Burleigh products oven proof?
All Burleigh products are made from English earthenware, and are dishwasher proof and microwave safe. Our products are not oven or freezer proof.
How should I care for my Burleigh earthenware?
Wash pieces with detergent and warm water or use a dishwasher. Avoid using bleach as this is corrosive and can damage the glaze. Avoid metal scourers.
What is ironstone?
Ironstone is earthenware that is fired to a high temperature which makes is harder and more durable. Burleigh products are fired to 1160°C - 2120° F
Are Burleigh products lead safe?
Yes. They have passed the rigorous USA lead release tests (Prop 65).
Do you do valuations on antique Burleigh pieces?
Unfortunately we are not qualified to give valuations on antique Burleigh pieces.