...Minton was a British ceramics firm established in 1793 by Thomas Minton in Stoke-on-Trent, England. In 1836 Herbert Minton became art director of his father’s firm, hiring design reformers Henry Cole, A. W. N. Pugin, and Richard Redgrave...
...The apparent need to reform design following the Great Exhibition of 1851 led to the emergence of art manufacturers. It stood to reason that better designed goods would put Britain ahead of her main industrial rivals: Germany and France...
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