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Spring Workshop Demonstrator Linda Bloomfield
Tulliallan 2017 Demonstrator Profile: Linda Bloomfield
Linda Bloomfield designs and makes tableware based on her thrown porcelain, with dimples and visible throwing lines showing the hand of the maker. She uses a tactile satin matt glaze on the outside and colour on the inside. She makes her own range of glazes and is particularly interested in the translucent colours obtained using oxides rather than commercial stains.
Linda Bloomfield’s scientific pedigree makes it difficult to believe that she always dreamed of becoming a potter! Her academic achievements include a BSc in Engineering and a PhD in Material Science from Warwick University, a visiting scholarship at the MIT in Boston, a research position at Nippon Electric Company in Japan and a research fellowship at the Imperial College London.
In the end however, it was not the academic sciences but the creative wheel that became her true vocation. After her initiation into pottery in a Bristol studio in the seventies, she learnt to throw in another studio in Chesham in the early eighties, obtained her GCE O’level in ceramics, became president of the Warwick University Pottery Society, opened her first studio in California at the turn of the millennium and finally set up her London Studio in 2001.
In between she became a mother of three children and wrote four books on pottery, glazes and contemporary tableware.
She has made tableware for Liberty, David Mellor and recently a range for a new café in the Royal Albert Hall and designed for factories in Stoke-on-Trent and is currently working with Grayshott Pottery in Surrey.
Her visual and material design philosophy takes inspiration from women potters like Lucy Rie and Eva Zeisel, Bauhaus students Grete Marks and Marguerite Wildenhain and the work of mid-century potteries Pool Pottery and Branksome China.
There are so many different ways to approach Tulliallan that the best thing is to give you a map. Please note that parking for the SPA weekend is at No 3, ie on the Parade Square and at no other place mentioned. Reception is also at the Parade Square, and not at No 4.
IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE There are ongoing roadworks on Kincardine Bridge until the end of March and there may be delays because of single file traffic. Traffic Scotland information
If you are coming from the south and west, you may prefer to use the Clackmannan Bridge, or if coming from south and east, the Forth Road Bridge.