Stoke-on-Trent City Archives, which holds the Minton Archive, is currently undertaking a phased re-opening to the public, strictly by appointment only. More information is available on the Archive Service webpage.

Sèvres, Dresden, and Berlin

During our most recent deep dive into the Archive’s Art & Design section we also, as much as possible, continued to digitise items from that part of the collection as well (a nod to a future catalogue update if ever you’ve seen one!). Along the way Folio Frivolity showed us that these bundles of artworks, designs, and reference materials sometimes turned out to be volumes instead, including a small collection of books between SD 1705/MS1776 and MS1782…

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Folio Friday – July

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. Also included is the final gallery of highlights from our “Folio Frivolity” Twitter series, which concludes today after six months of daily tweets from the folios!

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Another Helping of Folio Frivolity

A fresh instalment of the catch-up service for our Twitter-based Folio Frivolity series is here! That means a delightful gallery of new images for you to browse through at your leisure, compiled from a fortnight’s worth of daily details sourced from the Minton Archive’s Art & Design folios and tweeted out via our @MintonArchive account. (And, as always, here’s a quick link back to the first post in the series if this is all new to you!)

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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; for the last four Folio Fridays we’ve also included an extra gallery of daily folio highlights originally posted to Twitter under our special “Folio Frivolity” banner…

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A Bit More Folio Frivolity

Today’s post is the fifth standalone instalment in our ongoing Folio Frivolity catch-up series – ninth overall once you count our Folio Friday / Frivolity mashups – which brings together a fortnight-or-so’s worth of daily Art & Design folio highlights from our @MintonArchive Twitter account into a colourful gallery of details. As always you can skip back to the first bit of frivolity to get all the info or continue on if you’re already familiar with the series…

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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; since February we’ve also been including a special bonus gallery of frivolous folio highlights from Twitter to share with you as well…

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In Depth: The Killer Glazes

Léon Arnoux, the Minton company’s longstanding Art Director, is a prominent figure in the Minton Archive collection. As the driving force behind the company’s innovative Patent Oven his name appears frequently in that particular section of the catalogue, but his distinctive hand can also be found in recipe books, on Art & Design folio artworks, and throughout many other parts of the collection. Our latest In Depth article, published below, explores Arnoux’s involvement in reducing and controlling the use of lead glazes in the pottery industry and has been kindly provided to us by retired architect and local historian Michael Prendergast.

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Some Further Folio Frivolity

Our daily-tweeted details from the Minton Art & Design folios have been continuing apace over @MintonArchive, meaning it’s time for another fortnightly(ish!) catch up for us here on the blog. This will mark our seventh instalment of Folio Frivolity, with us having already rounded up our tweeted highlights in three standalone posts along with another three Folio Friday / Folio Frivolity collaborations. We hope you enjoy this latest gallery!

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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; for the last few months this long-running series has also included some extra Frivolity along the way…

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Another Slice of Folio Frivolity

It’s time for the third standalone blog post in our Folio Frivolity series – fifth overall if you count February and March’s Friday/Frivolity double bills – which means another lovely gallery full of details from the Minton Archive’s Art & Design folios. These were originally tweeted out from our @MintonArchive account on a daily basis but for those not following along there we’re bundling these wonderful details up into a fornightly(ish) feast for the eyes!

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