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Border Fine Arts was founded by John Hammond just outside Langholm in the Scottish Borders in 1974. The business was originally known as "Border Craft and Design" and began making cold-cast figurines from bronze and silver in 1972. John was advised that generally people were looking for small, painted figurines therefore his team looked to develop a material that would be suitable for this delicate work. The result of their research was named "Thorionware", a unique resin which is injected into moulds using a cold casting process and results in a white porcelain-like casting which can then be painted. Each piece is hand painted, meaning that no two will be exactly the same. The business started small with local employees, including Ray Ayres (master sculptor), many with a natural understanding of colour through Border traditions such as the dyeing and weaving of tweeds and this understanding was quickly transferred to ceramic painting. Careful research, detailing and painting in natural colours gained a growing band of collectors and the business itself also expanded. New premises were soon required and in 1978 Border Fine Arts moved to larger buildings in Langholm itself. In 1995 Border Fine Arts became a division of Enesco European Giftware Group Ltd and the manufacturing of ranges such as the Border Fine Arts Studio collection were moved to the far east. This allowed a wider audience for the business and also a more competitive price range. The Border Fine Arts Classic collection are still made in Langholm, UK. Border Fine Arts is now a household name worldwide and continues to produce excellent, true to life figurines in natural settings. The pieces are highly collectable and can often be released as limited editions or even painted to your own commissioned colours, making them truly unique.

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