If you’re not familiar with our history; the Linton workshop was established in 1907 by my Great Grandfather, James Walter Robert (JWR) Linton. It was JWR and my grandfather Jamie that developed the line of Linton cutlery that we are reknowned for. This range started In the 1920’s when Jamie returned from studying art in Europe and the production methods we use to make it have been pretty much the same since the 50’s.
Back in the mid 1900’s the way our clientele used Linton Silver was very different to the way they do now. We have loyal clients who have been with us for generations and have 12 place settings of monogrammed or wildflower Linton flatware, and while these people still occasionally order complementary sets of sweet spoons or cake forks, etc, most of our work these days is single service items (cheese knives, serving spoons, cake slices etc) often gifted for weddings or to visiting dignitaries.
For many years my father and I have talked about introducing a new line of Linton Silver; a few pieces that would maintain the unique artisan made quality of the traditional work but sit more neatly into a contemporary vernacular. For close to a decade I’ve been collecting ideas and slowly experimenting with technique toward making this a reality.
Up until the last couple of years my father John and my uncle George still worked on Linton Silver, but these days it’s just me. To mark this transition I’m super excited to tell you that I have been working these past few months on refining and curating the ideas I have developed (with my dad’s input, naturally) and I will be ready to introduce the first few pieces of this new line in November. I plan to launch these pieces at my exhibition in November 2018 at Gallow’s Gallery in Mosman Park WA, where they will be available to view, purchase and order.
The seminal collection consists of a condiment set, multipurpose sweet spoon (think dessert, jam, honey, cream, whatever really), a soft cheese knife, and a serving spoon. The pieces are forged (hammered) from one piece of material rather than fabricated. I have dispensed of the multiple banded stem which gives traditional Linton Silver it’s Arts and Crafts era feel and taken a spare approach to the aesthetic. I have maintained what I feel are essential elements of Linton Silver in the craft-driven quality and re-imagined the wildflower motif, beginning with the Donkey Orchid. My intention is to add to wildflower collection as the years roll on.
Here are some images of the new work in progress; I can’t wait to show you the finished product, I hope you love it like I do and I hope you can come and view the new work in November