Cumbria’s dramatic landscapes, sweeping coastlines, high peaks and crystal waters have inspired creative minds for generations. The ever-changing colour palette of the terrain here is replicated in the innovative works of glass makers and potters, artists and designers, weavers and stonemasons. With so much natural resource here, it is no wonder farmers turn their hand at spinning and sculptors seek driftwood and slate. Our county’s roots run deep within the agricultural community which has encouraged new generations of farmers to turn their hands to more creative projects using materials that are plentiful and nearby.
Tourism has drawn visitors to the Lake District since the late eighteenth century and the compulsion to take a little souvenir home with them feeds many of our talented Cumbria craftspeople. From oil paintings of cattle and glass jewellery to landscape photographers and textile makers, pieces of Cumbria end up far and wide spreading the joy of the Lakes all over the world. Without this vital visitor economy, many of the makers and producers in Cumbria would struggle to find an audience for their wares.
Made in Cumbria aims to bring together the arts and crafts of Cumbria’s rich heritage to demonstrate the skills and mastery our businesses show today still. The Cumbrian landscape nurtures an immensely talented creative community who hone their crafts in a place they love, surrounded by the views that inspired famous writers and artists, such as Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin as well as acclaimed poets, like Wordsworth and Coleridge.
They, like today’s master craftspeople, noticed the changes as each season unfolds, creating something new from the colours, textures and scents that reflect a warm summer’s morning or a vivid autumn sunset. Bring a piece of Cumbria into your home and join us in celebrating this exciting and unique county.
Join our mailing list and get all the latest news and up dates from Made In Cumbria.