Our History

On June 7th-8th in 1986, twenty-one lovers of flow blue and mulberry china gathered at the Clock Tower Convention Center in Rockford, Illinois. The result of their labors was the birth of the Flow Blue International Collectors’ Club. According to the minutes of that meeting, they established this club "for the expressed purpose of the pursuit of knowledge, appreciation, and aesthetic perception of china referred to as flow blue china, and related china".

At this meeting William Miller became the first club president. Under his leadership, bylaws were adopted and the structure of the club as we know it today took shape. Plans for the club newsletter, membership roster, regional meetings, and annual national conventions were made. It was also decided to include mulberry china in the scope of the club.

The first national convention of the Flow Blue International Collectors’ Club was held the following year, 1987, in Dayton, Ohio. It included educational programs, a flea market, an auction, and table sales. This highly successful format has remained as the guideline for our national conventions as membership has grown from those 21 founding members to nearly eight hundred. Why not join us and become part of our history?

We are most grateful to the following twenty one founding member:

  • William Miller 
  • Rev. Robert F. Bishop 
  • David & Lou Seal 
  • Rev. Walter Brown 
  • George H. Genzel 
  • Ken & Caroline Norman
  • Shirley Kowing 
  • Jo Jaeger 
  • Grace Skadow 
  • Bill Byers 
  • Kathryn Rommes 
  • Jerome & Judy Peabody 
  • Fred & Jane Hofacker 
  • Dick Southern 
  • William & Maryls Prairie 
  • Betty Gerder


We also recognize and appreciate the leadership of our past presidents

  • William Miller 
  • Helen Swan 
  • Ellen King 
  • Rosemary Wright 
  • Bob Ferriani 
  • Louise Mason 
  • Jerry Taylor 
  • Brenda Meyer
  • Jim Haskell
  • Judy Peabody 
  • William Leach 
  • Jim Stucko 
  • Fred Hofaker 
  • Jon Houserman
  • Katrina Franklin
  • John Provine