Catalogue Updates: New Records

It’s been a while since our last catalogue update but this one was definitely worth waiting for. Three new records may not sound like much on the face of it but thanks to these additions we can now share the Archive’s collection of Christopher Dresser designs with you and an Art & Design folio box full of as-yet-unseen majolica illustrations. Needless to say there’ll be more on these coming up in future posts but for now we hope you enjoy the latest update!

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. Enjoy!
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A Minton Archive Hanami

It’s that beautiful time of year when trees burst into flower and their blossom seems to float in every spring breeze – nowhere more so than in Japan, where the wave of blossoming cherry trees has been sweeping upwards through the islands over the past month. As it reaches the shores of Hokkaido we thought we’d pick out some sakura-inspired artwork from the Archive and have our own hanami, or “flower viewing”, right here on the blog. Enjoy!
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Ninth Annual Archive Ceramics Lecture

For those of you within travelling distance of the Minton Archive’s home here in Stoke-on-Trent there’s a chance to find out how Italian Renaissance maiolica influenced Minton pottery at the Annual Archive Ceramics Lecture.
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Piku-Piku & the International Exhibition

No, we’re not about to uncover a new batch of PokéMinton hidden away in photographs of the International Exhibition of 1862. “Piku-Piku” actually means “twitching” in Japanese and, along with our feature image, might just give you a clue as to where this particular post is headed…
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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. Enjoy!
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Conserving Early Minton Pattern Books 1 & 2: Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of this post, in which I am describing the conservation treatment given to Early Minton Pattern Books 1 and 2. By the end of Part 1, I had disbound the book, removed the library film and tape, and repaired the pages and spine folds. With the constituent parts of the book in much better condition than before, it was then time to start putting them back together again…
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Alphonsus, Clementina and Hephzibah

Thanks to the work of our volunteer Pam (@PamWoolliscroft if you’d like to follow her on Twitter) we’re now about halfway through indexing Eliza’s Register – that means the names of over 750 apprentices (and a similar number of parents or guardians) have already been captured. Some of the names featured in this register are so fantastic we had to highlight them here on the blog – after all, it’s not every day you “meet” a Theophilus Broadgate!
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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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