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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Pairing Up, Part 2: Works in Progress

In the first of our three part series on “pairing up” we looked at original artworks found within the Art & Design folios and their matching transfer pulls located elsewhere in the collection – a snapshot of those designs as they moved through the production process. For our second post we wanted to explore this theme a little further, highlighting more of the related items which help us to trace that journey. This time we won’t even have to leave the Art & Design folios, though that does mean no virtual trips to the Devonshire coast – sorry!
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Pairing Up, Part 1: Inspiration, Artwork, and Process

Having a good memory is of great benefit when navigating Minton’s Art & Design folios – many times we’ve come across pieces of artwork that are visually very similar to other material we’ve seen before. Often it’s a case of skipping back through the current folio to find that matching pencil sketch or series of designs in the same style, but on occasion it’s meant dredging our long-term memories to remind ourselves of folios we’ve looked at days or weeks before. In this first post of a three part series we wanted to show how connections like this can even stretch beyond the boundaries of the Art & Design folios altogether…
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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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