This week it is the turn of Ceramics. Gwen currently lives in Cumbria and gets some of her inspiration from the surrounding countryside, but inspiration is often found in the Vintage/Retro fairs and Bric a Brac stalls she frequents. Lace prints feature in some of Gwen's designs. Exploring the work of craftsman from the past ignites Gwen's little creative grey cells to creating something with either a Elizabethan feel or the retro times of the 50's and 60's. “It’s quite an eclectic cocktail of inspiration stored in my mind and continually re-visited”
Brougham hall also houses
Mary Chappelhow (another potter),
Susan Clough (silver Jewellery)
Maria Burton (artist & Photographer)
Simon Whalley (Photographer).
Next time you visit Cumbria come and see their work.
Brougham hall has a brewery so it would be really rude of me not to mention Eden Brewery in this blog. For those that don't know, this is my place of work and I brew the beer. We have been in this building since October 2011 and in March 2012 our first beer was brewed. It took three attempts to get it right but Eden Best eventually hit the taste buds. I didn't start working with these guys till 1st November 2014. I originally was doing a bit of admin for them and when he heard I was looking for a full time job, he asked if I wanted a Full time job with them. I said yes expecting it was admin and the odd jobs around the brewery. When he told me it was brewing beer my response was “Are you taking the piss?!” Well I'm still here and still enjoying it even though...
I have been stung by 3 wasps in the space of one month having never been stung by one in my life. I now have a slight allergy to them.
Here's the brewery latest blog by Giles "A wake up call"
Here's our website and Twitter page.
If you wander around the back of Brougham Hall you will find a little sunken garden. It is quite peaceful and occasionally when I have time during the beer making process and it is sunny I will sit and eat my lunch there. Whilst it is a cobbled are there are pots of flowers dotted around. With a view out to the small wood you can very occasionally see a red squirrel darting up to the tops of the fur trees.
Brougham hall is a 14th Century fortified house. Instead of me going through the history of the place why don't I let you read their website at your leisure. But I will tell you one fact - Winston Churchill used the hall along with Lowther Castle and Greystoke Castle to test his 'secret weapons' (tanks) in 1942.
What I will do is tempt you with some photo's.
Just round the back is St Wilfrid's Church.
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My nickname has nothing to do with any alcoholic measure. Thank you to a friend deciding one day whilst my hair was in plaits that I looked like Laura Ingalls in 'The Little House on the Prairie'.
Places to visit
Robin Hoods Bay
Sweetheart Abbey (Scotland)
Isle of Wight P1
Isle of Wight P2
HoleHird Gardens (Cumbria)
Brougham Hall (Cumbria)
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