The changing seasons dramatically alter the Cumbrian landscape but for established pottery artists they are also the inspiration for attractive stoneware and porcelain creations, designed to reflect the drama of the ever-changing Cumbrian scenery. Clay can be found in certain areas of Cumbria and once cleaned and slaked thoroughly, it can make beautiful earthenware pottery. This practice of making functional and decorative ceramics from the natural materials the landscape provides is an age-old tradition, one kept alive by a wealth of potters and ceramicists in Cumbria today.
Stoneware, earthenware and porcelain clay have been used for centuries to make pots for cooking, crockery for eating, vessels for drinking and collecting water and decorative items such as beads, ceremonial bowls and tiles. You can find hand-made items such as these made by talented craftspeople across Cumbria and the Lake District and take home a totally unique piece or set that’s been made with love and finished beautifully.
Potters and artisans in Cumbria have gained international recognition for their award-winning artwork including jewellery designers who use clay to make beautiful, eye-catching beads and couple these with glassware and metal to make one-of-a-kind pieces that are distributed across the globe. Glass blowers produce beautiful ornaments, glassware and jewellery for sale and may take commissions for special orders.
Cumbria is even home to an annual series of pottery markets, known as Pot Fest, where artists gather to showcase their wares, promote the industry and sell clay, accessories and materials for others to use. In the towns of Cumbria, you’ll find earthenware dining sets, decorative plates, clocks and even wildlife made from clay. For those of you who love the hues and tactile feel of the natural materials of glass and clay, then Made in Cumbria brings you the best artisans around. Explore our site and we’re confident you’ll find pottery you’re potty about.
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