This harsh landscape has become an inspiration for the many craftspeople that live and work in this scenic corner of Cumbria.
The pottery studio of Syl and Ray Macro is housed in one of Alston's oldest buildings. The studio specialises in ceramic wall panels, vases, bowls, wall lights and water features inspired by the Pennine landscape. There are changing exhibitions of work by local and regional artists.
A working pottery run by Peter Lascelles producing hand-thrown mugs, jugs, plates and bowls, many decorated with images taken from the local environment. There is also a private collection of studio pottery from the late 20th century on view. The pottery is located high on the Pennine hills and has an outdoor seating area with spectacular views. Nearby there are several way-marked walks in the local woods.
The Cane Workshop
Are specialists in recaning and restoration of all traditional rattan cane furniture.
Within the naturally landscaped garden setting at Thortergill you will find a traditional blacksmith's forge alongside a gallery of ironwork and a cosy tearoom with a spectacular waterfall a short walk away. Blacksmiths Andrew and David Johnston are happy to explain the process of making traditional hand-forged ironwork to visitors.
Rose House Studio
Lionel Playford specialises in producing landscape paintings and drawings using a variety of media from traditional oils and acrylics to more unusual peat and clay. The studio and gallery are open most days (best to ring in advance). Courses in painting and sketching are also available.