The National Shelley China Club (NSCC) is a very active Collectors club founded in 1990. From a small group of Shelley lovers/collectors who began meeting to share information and their love of Shelley pottery, china, and patterns, the club has grown to over 300 members.
Their mission is to research, catalogue and document the various Shelley and Wileman wares produced in England from the late 1800’s until 1966. They and their sister clubs in the UK, Australia and New Zealand were part of the effort that saved the remaining beautiful Shelley pattern books recently. All because Shelley china is undoubtedly, one of the best, most diverse and collectible of the Staffordshire English potteries and art pottery makers.
Shelley products can be identified by their quality, shapes, patterns, and trademarks. Shelley bone china is very thin and surprisingly strong. The china is thin enough to be translucent, similar to Irish Belleek china. Shelley’s bone china achieved these qualities because their bone china formula had the highest percentage of ground bone of any china manufacturer. Over 15,000 patterns were applied to Shelley china.
Several famous artists like Walter
and Eric Slater, Hilda Cowham and Mabel Lucie Attwell were employed by Shelley to create extraordinarily colorful and beautiful shapes and patterns. The Shelley Style probably reached its peak with the art deco styles produced in the 1920s-1930s.
All of the Shelley facilities are now gone. Only its history and its unmatched products and highly collectable wares carry on to this day.
If you would like to know more about Shelley china and patterns or would like to join the National Shelley China Club, simply go to their website at www.shelleychinaclub.com.
Cost of annual membership is $40 USD for single memberships, $55 USD for family memberships and includes a very informative and colorful magazine mailed out quarterly. Additionally, the NSCC holds a fun annual conference and various regional meetings throughout the year.