- Also known as
Marc Louis Emmanuel Solon
primary name: Solon, Marc Louis Emmanuel
- individual; designer; ceramicist/glass worker/potter; English; French; Male
- Life dates
- After training as a graphic artist in Paris, Solon joined the Sèvres manufactory in 1858 as a designer; while there he learnt the pâte-sur-pâte process and decorated wares for the dealer Eugène Rousseau, who funded further experiments. Solon's work for Sèvres was shown at the Paris Exhibition of 1867, but the Franco-Prussian war of 1870-71 halted developments and Solon left for England. He was immediately engaged by Minton & Co., where he joined a group of distinguished French ceramists hired by the firm in the second half of the nineteenth century, including the then Art Director, Léon Arnoux.
Solon produced pâte-sur-pâte at Minton, training a number of apprentices, until 1904, when his formal association with the factory ceased. However, he continued to make pâte-sur-pâte wares until he went blind, shortly before his death in 1913.
- R.L. Hobson, 'Memorial Lecture on Mr. M.L.E. Solon', Transactions of the English Ceramic Society XIV, 1914-15.
William Cosmo Monkhouse, 'M.L. Solon', 'The Magazine of Art', 1890
London 1976, 'Minton 1798-1910', E. Aslin and P. Atterbury
P. Atterbury and M. Batkin, 'The Dictionary of Minton', Woodbridge 1990