Pairing Up, Part 7: Smith, Marks, & Wise

Last time round we picked out a number of designs from the “Extra Sheet” of Tile Catalogue SD 1705/MS1367 and it’s from that page that we begin our matchmaking adventure today. This time round, however, we’re concentrating on the work of named artists – resident or freelance – who’s designs appear throughout the volume.
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More Volumes To Browse!

After the successful anniversary launch of an online version of Minton’s Pattern Book No.1 a few weeks ago we’re back with more. You can now view Pattern Book No.s 2, 3 and 4 in their entirety right here on the blog and we’re continuing our work to integrate these viewers into the catalogue pages too. We’ll keep you up-to-date on our progress but for now – just in time for the weekend! – you can view these pattern books below…
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Anniversary Update: Browse Volumes!

On the 25th September 2015 we officially launched The Minton Archive website and, one year later, celebrated the site’s first anniversary with a special update which pushed the number of images in the online catalogue past 1000. Our second anniversary update takes these catalogue enhancements a step further – starting today we’ll be making a number of special volumes available online in their entirety. (We’re really rather excited about this…)

27/9/2017 Update: We’ve tweaked the viewer for mobile and tablet users, and added a “full screen” button which better utilises your screen real estate for bigger, better pattern book viewing. Thanks for all the feedback so far!
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Minton Patent Ovens, Part 3: Proof

In our Minton Patent Ovens series we’ve already examined the details of the patent behind the name and taken a closer look at some of the plans and drawings found in the Mintons Patent Ovens section of the catalogue. In this final post it’s time to find out whether the Patent Ovens were a success, both for Minton itself and for the other companies who adopted this new type of oven construction…
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Minton Patent Ovens, Part 2: Plans

Last week we began our series of posts on the Minton Patent Ovens by concentrating on the patent itself, picking out details from the original specification to help gain a better understanding of what made this new type of oven different to those that had gone before. Detailed explanations do make for rather text-heavy blog posts however, so this time we thought we’d showcase some of the wonderful plans found within the Mintons Patent Ovens section.
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Minton Patent Ovens, Part 1: Patents

As part of our ongoing updates we’ve just added a new batch of digitised records to our themed searches, including a large number from the Mintons Patent Ovens section of the catalogue. We were curious to find out more about these special ovens and this portion of the collection is chock-full of information about them, from specifications and plans to marketing and correspondence. In this post – the first of a short series on the Patent Ovens – we thought we’d take a closer look at the patent behind the name…
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Pairing Up, Part 5: Artwork and Process (and a Patent too)

In the first update to our original Pairing Up series we looked at a number of new “Works in Progress” connections, finishing up with an example that proved digital alignment isn’t always possible on the pairings we find, regardless of how small the differences might at first seem. A theme that carries over to our next connection too…
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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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