A Bunch of Daisies

Back in June last year we proved that it’s impossible to work with a pottery archive for as long as we have before the desire to acquire something from that pottery becomes overwhelming. Born out of a purely selfless wish to educate and inform *cough* this first item helped us illustrate what you can expect to find in the catalogue’s pattern and estimate books when armed with a pattern number. And now we’ve gone and done it again…
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Spring has Sprung!

Here in the Northern Hemisphere the vernal equinox has just marked the beginning of spring and – touch wood – outside our office window the weather is even playing along (for now!). As luck would have it we recently happened across a set of four artworks depicting each of the seasons, so of course we had to share the illustration for spring…
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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; Stoke-on-Trent City Archives, which holds the Minton Archive, is closed to the public until further notice.

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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Pairing Up, Part 9: The Moyr Smith Vase

Pairing Up is back and this time round we’re using the series to rectify a rather glaring oversight. You see, when we highlighted the Moyr Smith illustrations of “A Lydian Ditty” and “Caryatic Dance” in our recent Bicentenary Vase post we completely failed to notice that SD 1705/MS1895 also contains artworks of the original Moyr Smith vase which would later inspire its Bicentennial counterpart. We all have our off days, right?! 😮
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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 four years old! Continuing the tradition we’re returning to the very first featured folio, SD 1705/MS1705, to pick out another wonderful artwork for this extra-special instalment…
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Pâte sur Pâte (and Pugin too!)

During our ongoing work to sort and re-file (wherever possible) the Archive’s bundles of out-of-sequence material we came across one of the copies of “Pâte sur Pâte” originally listed under SD 1705/MS2861-2863 and MS2540. With so many copies to hand we decided to disbind the most tired example and digitise it fully for the online catalogue.
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Catalogue Updates: Interactive Tweaks

Our first catalogue update of 2020 comes in the form of some upgrades to the applications behind our “Interactive” tab, making them more fluid and easier to use. We’ve tweaked the look and feel of our Book Reader – which powers the browsable volumes of our Page by Page themed search – and simplified the switch from embedded to fullscreen mode. We’ve also added a fullscreen mode to our zoomable viewer so you can now fully immerse yourself in the wonderful designs of the Dresser Folio (and, hopefully, others in the future!) straight from the record view.

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 second Friday of every this particular month (oops!) 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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Merry Christmas from The Minton Archive

It’s time for us to sign off for the festive period – picture a fantastically ornate majolica sleigh full of Pattern Books and Art & Design folios being pulled away into the frosty stores by a brace of Parian reindeer – but not before we take a look back over the last 12 months to remind ourselves of what we’ve been up to… and yes, of course there’ll be another Hildesheimer & Faulkner Christmas card to mark the occasion! 😀 Continue reading…