In Depth: Dresser and Minton

With a selection of Christopher Dresser designs now available to view on the site and with plans to highlight some of this amazing work on the blog in the future we felt now was the perfect time to discuss this part of Minton’s history in more detail. Adapted from extensive research notes written by Joan Jones, Museum Curator at Minton and Royal Doulton, we hope you enjoy this in depth look at Dresser and what is known of his relationship with Minton.
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Folio Friday – June

Folio Friday is an opportunity for us to share some of the amazing artwork found within The Minton Archive’s folios with you. On the first Friday of every month we pick out a special piece of artwork from the Minton company catalogue’s Art & Design section and highlight it here on the blog. Enjoy!
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When Gaseliers Appear (Again!)

At the end of our last post we mentioned Minton Archive magic and boy, has it been working overtime since! We’ve not only found another gaselier design but also discovered all manner of other connections within the Archive and beyond, in some cases thanks to you, our readers. So, just one week later, it’s time for an update…
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When Gaseliers Appear

If you happen to follow us on Twitter you’ll have seen that on the day we published our pseudo-3D view from the International Exhibition of 1862 we also serendipitously discovered an illustration with a close resemblance to one of the pieces on display. These coincidences are starting to get a little spooky!
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Catalogue Updates: New Records

It’s been a while since our last catalogue update but this one was definitely worth waiting for. Three new records may not sound like much on the face of it but thanks to these additions we can now share the Archive’s collection of Christopher Dresser designs with you and an Art & Design folio box full of as-yet-unseen majolica illustrations. Needless to say there’ll be more on these coming up in future posts but for now we hope you enjoy the latest update!

Folio Friday – May

Folio Friday is an opportunity for us to share some of the amazing artwork found within The Minton Archive’s folios with you. On the first Friday of every month we pick out a special piece of artwork from the Minton company catalogue’s Art & Design section and highlight it here on the blog. Enjoy!
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A Minton Archive Hanami

It’s that beautiful time of year when trees burst into flower and their blossom seems to float in every spring breeze – nowhere more so than in Japan, where the wave of blossoming cherry trees has been sweeping upwards through the islands over the past month. As it reaches the shores of Hokkaido we thought we’d pick out some sakura-inspired artwork from the Archive and have our own hanami, or “flower viewing”, right here on the blog. Enjoy!
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Ninth Annual Archive Ceramics Lecture

For those of you within travelling distance of the Minton Archive’s home here in Stoke-on-Trent there’s a chance to find out how Italian Renaissance maiolica influenced Minton pottery at the Annual Archive Ceramics Lecture.
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Piku-Piku & the International Exhibition

No, we’re not about to uncover a new batch of PokéMinton hidden away in photographs of the International Exhibition of 1862. “Piku-Piku” actually means “twitching” in Japanese and, along with our feature image, might just give you a clue as to where this particular post is headed…
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Folio Friday – April

Folio Friday is an opportunity for us to share some of the amazing artwork found within The Minton Archive’s folios with you. On the first Friday of every month we pick out a special piece of artwork from the Minton company catalogue’s Art & Design section and highlight it here on the blog. Enjoy!
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