Folio Friday – March

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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Catalogue Updates: Highlights & Images

We’ve refreshed the website’s themed searches with a new batch of updated records from the Minton company catalogue. Across these 32 records you’ll find a whopping 250 new images, including selected artworks from the Art & Design folios, sample pages from shape & pattern books and important documents from the company’s history. We hope you enjoy this latest catalogue update – it certainly won’t be the last!

Introducing “Folio Friday”

Folio Friday is an opportunity for us to share some of the amazing artwork found within The Minton Archive’s folios with you. Starting today, on the first Friday of every month we’ll pick out a special piece of artwork from the Minton company catalogue’s Art & Design section and highlight it here. We hope you’ll enjoy it!
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“Welcome Home!”: Art and Design

With over 30,000 individual items of artwork spread across the Minton company catalogue and only 0.6m2 of space in a single display case available, putting together a representative sample of the Art and Design material was always going to be a bit of a challenge! From this huge collection of items we decided to focus on some of the most famous artists and designers who worked with, or for, Minton, encompassing different periods, styles, influences and movements.
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Using the Catalogue Search

Sometimes searches can bring back large numbers of results – or none at all, if you’ve been very specific! – so to help you navigate our online catalogue more effectively we thought we’d highlight some basic operators you can add to your searches and the effect they’ll have on your results.
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The Interconnectedness of All Things

No sooner had we clicked “publish” on our Christmas-themed blog post than one of our colleagues from The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery discovered a pair of particularly festive sketches in one of the Minton company’s Ornaments books… talk about unfortunate timing! Luckily, the chance discovery of a couple of illustrations – festive or otherwise – is sometimes all it takes to begin a journey through the records of the Minton Archive.
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Merry Christmas from The Minton Archive

As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, the physical sorting and shelving of The Minton Archive, and our work to transfer the Minton company’s paper catalogue into a digital format, allowed us to note down interesting boxes or catalogue numbers as we went along. Whilst the majority were jotted down for use on the website or for the then-upcoming “Welcome Home!” display, I’ll admit that – in my case at least! – some found their way onto the list simply in the hope that I’d have a spare 5 minutes to go into the stores and find something particularly amazing.
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“Welcome Home!”: Tableware

Tableware, in its many guises, formed a mainstay of Minton’s production. Having developed a set of themed searches for the website, we decided to use the same framework to highlight material related to this very important area of ceramic production within the display case. The artists, artwork, shapes, patterns, production, and employees represented within this material are innately connected to the ceramic pieces found in this case and throughout the “Welcome Home!” display.
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In Depth: Preface

The text below forms part of the preface of Minton: The First Two Hundred Years of Design and Production by Joan Jones [ISBN-10: 1 85310 283 0]. Our thanks to Stuart Lyons CBE for his kind permission to reproduce his work here as the introductory piece to our “In Depth” series.
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Full Minton Company Catalogue Online!

The online version of the Minton company records catalogue, parts of which we’ve been making available to you here as a ‘work in progress’ over the past few weeks, has been fully uploaded! This means all 5,328 records are now available to browse and search through here on the site. Here are a few tips to get you started…
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