Marc-Louis-Emmanuel Solon was born in 1835 in Montauban (France). Some of Solon’s works attracted the attention of the artistic director of the Sevres manufactory. Solon worked in Sevres from 1862 to 1870 as a ceramic artist and designer, where he studied and, together with such masters as Regno and Gelly, began to perfect the Pâte-sur-pâte technique, which consists in creating a relief design by applying a large brush with a brush. the number of layers of white porcelain slip (liquid clay) on the colored unglazed surface of the product.
Recalling his work at Sevres, Solon remarked: “We were never limited in time and cost.” And this speaks of the company’s high confidence in the developers of the new technology. His early work was published under the pseudonym Miles, which is based on his initials MLS, which is how he signed his work in Sevres and during his early years in England.
During his time at Mintons, Solon became the company’s leading specialist. This was the golden age of pate-sur-pâte, which lasted until the early years of the 20th century. Solon raised a whole generation of students, including Frederick Alfred Rhed and Alboin Birks. Frederic Alfred Read and Albuin Burke.
Albert Solon co-founded the American ceramic tile firm Solon and Schemmel Tile Company in California. They were later joined by their brother Camille Antoine Arnoux Solon (1877–1960), who was already a renowned British muralist.
Marc-Louis Solon worked at Mintons until his retirement in 1903, but after that he continued to be commissioned for the work he created in his home workshop until 1909. He died at Stoke-on-Trent on June 23, 1913, at the age of 78. His works are the pride of the porcelain collections of the best museums in the world.