Linda Kinsman-Blake has been creating pottery and tiles in the Scottish Borders since 1979.
All raw materials are processed at the family-run studio in the village of Smailholm. The clays, glazes and colours are mixed to their own recipes. The pots are ‘once fired’ to 1120°C ensuring that they are hardwearing and robust.
Each piece is hand-thrown and the specially adapted tin glaze is applied directly to the dry but unfired surface. This is then decorated, a particularly exacting technique, as once the brush, loaded with colour, touches the unfired surface that unique brush stroke has to be completed. No going back, no rubbing out.