Kinsman-Blake Family Gallery & Working Studios

My name is Linda. Growing up in London, a White Chapel arts class and a sculpture and drawing class at John Cass Art School, guided me in an artistic direction. 

After graduating from Stoke-On-Trent with a BA(Hons) in 3D Design, I moved to Scotland with my husband Rankin and together we have been creating pottery and tiles in the Scottish Borders since 1979.

Rankin has always covered the technical aspects of mixing colours and glazes and firing the pots but his creativity is manifested in his woodwork

We are delighted that our two daughters are now a part of the family business, pursuing their own artistic paths.

 

All raw materials are processed at the family-run studio. The clays, glazes and colours are mixed to our 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. For me, decorating pots in this way has naturally progressed into painting.

Tiles - I am always happy to discuss commissions for tiles. Our ceramic are robust enough to be outside as name plaques or to create unique panels for hearths, bathrooms and kitchens. You are welcome to visit me in the gallery and we can design something specially for you.

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