A quick but important note about COVID-19 and the current health emergency
There are, of course, much bigger things to be concerned about than the future frequency of updates for this website but nonetheless we’ll be trying our best to keep the blog as active as possible. Our Contact Us form remains open for enquiries but bear with us as we may take longer than usual to respond.

We’re pleased to announce that from Wednesday 12th May 2021 Stoke-on-Trent City Archives, which holds the Minton Archive, will begin a phased re-opening to the public strictly by appointment only.
More information is available on the Archive Service webpage.

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 being 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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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; beginning last month this long-running series also brings with it some extra Frivolity as well!

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A Little More Folio Frivolity

Last month we began Folio Frivolity, a dynamic duo of tweets and blog posts designed to brighten up the less-than-ideal start to 2021. Our @MintonArchive Twitter account has been tweeting daily images of interesting artworks, illustrations, and reference material from the Archive’s Art & Design folios while fortnightly(ish!) round-ups like this one have been keeping those of you not on Twitter in the loop. Folio Friday – from which Folio Frivolity takes its inspiration – has also got into the act, with February’s “Friday” hi-res zoomable highlight accompanied by a “Frivolity” gallery as well. It’s now time for instalment number three – we hope you enjoy it 🙂

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Folio Friday – February

Folio Friday is an opportunity for us to share some of the amazing artwork found within The Minton Archive’s folios with you, and the series is now five years old! As well as our traditional return to the very first featured Art & Design folio, SD 1705/MS1705, there’s also some extra frivolity to be had as we celebrate this special milestone…

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A Bit of Folio Frivolity

Before the current health emergency began to unfold we were hoping to celebrate the website’s fifth anniversary with an update that would’ve added representative images to all 349 records in the Archive’s Art & Design folio section. The UK’s first lockdown put paid to that schedule and so we decided to aim for the (equally apt) fifth anniversary of Folio Friday instead, but with that deadline now looming we’re still some way off our goal.

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Folio Friday – January

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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