This week's spotlight - Linda Kinsman-Blake
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.
“As one of the longest established ceramic ranges in our Gallery, Linda’s pottery has lasting appeal with both local customers and those from all over the world. Robust, beautifully created and designed there’s something to suit everyone.” David H Wallace – Gallery Owner