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Thomas Minton (1765-1836) of Mintons, engraver and pottery manufacturer,
1765 Born at Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury
On leaving school became an apprentice engraver at the Caughley Works, Broseley, where he worked on the engraving of the famous "willow" pattern, among others, under the supervision of Thomas Turner.
1784 Joined Spode
Established himself as an engraver in London
Married Sarah Webb.
1791 their first child was baptized.
They moved to Stoke
1793 Thomas Minton founded the Minton pottery and porcelain factory in London Road, Stoke.
Early productions at Minton concentrated on underglaze blue-printed earthenware tableware, and about 1799 bone china was introduced.
1817 Took his son Herbert and Thomas Webb Minton into partnership. Thomas Webb did the clerical work; Herbert approved design trials, undertook daily stocktaking in the warehouse, ordered bodies and glazes, and checked the factory accounts.
1836 Thomas died.