MEET LINDA BLOOMFIELD
As massive fans of Linda Bloomfield (most of our crockery at HQ hails from her West London studio) we couldn’t wait to meet Linda and find out a little bit more about how her beautiful thrown porcelain tableware is made.
POTTERY IN ACTION
I learnt how to throw from a studio potter when I was about sixteen years old. It’s by far my favourite part of the whole process, especially with the smooth, creamy porcelain clay I use in the workshop. The clay is mixed from Cornish china clay and feldspar in Stoke-on-Trent. I buy about a tonne of it every year.
I spend much of the day throwing and glazing pots or loading them into the kiln, which I fire overnight. I make all my own glazes and produce one-of-a-kind jewel-like colours such as aquamarine and citrine.
INSIDE LINDA’S STUDIO
The shed at the bottom of my garden was built specially for me. It has a beautiful quince tree outside and a smaller kiln shed next door. Having loved pottery as a child, it was only after having my own children that I started evening classes and got my very own wheel and kiln. This meant I could stop my day job and work on my ceramics full time.
MORE ABOUT LINDA
My inspiration comes from the the shapes and colours of 1950s ceramics. I love the work of manufacturers such as Poole Pottery and Branksome China, as well as studio potter Lucie Rie and American designer Eva Zeisel. I am also inspired by the simplicity and beauty of Scandinavian and Japanese ceramics.
In terms of my personal style, my home is dominated by 1950s furniture. My favourite pieces include a much coveted Isokon plywood loop coffee table and penguin donkey book shelf my husband bought me. I also collect pottery from the same mid-century era, and particularly like pots by Finland Arabia as well as German art pottery and British studio pottery.