The Makers Mill is an exciting new venture; an art gallery and open studio space located in the old industrial heart of Keswick offering a collaborative hub for arts and crafts enthusiasts. There are currently five artists in residence, so visitors can pop by and observe the studio crew at work. The current artists specialise in furniture making, ceramics, mosaics, textiles and silver jewellery. And, because this is designed to be an interactive and fluid space, the scene is likely to change from year to year. The gallery shop sells a range of original pieces, hand crafted by artisans residing throughout Cumbria, so you can purchase anything from wooden furniture to knitted hats, handbags and much more!
The owners of the Makers Mill have put their heart and soul into renovating this old riverside property, once used to house a water wheel providing power to the famous Pencil Museum. If you’re a fan of Grand Designs, then you’ll enjoy looking at the before and after photos on their blog, taken over a four year period of hard graft!
Every part of this renovation has been completed in exquisite taste. From the colourfully painted exterior to the slate tiled floors and huge glass windows, it also offers excellent views of the River Greta, Fitz Park and Skiddaw. This is a bright and airy space that really puts you at the heart of it all.
Now this is the really exciting bit! There will be a wide range of courses running every weekend throughout the year, so visitors can come along and get involved. There will be half-day, full-day and two-day workshops every week, teaching everything from knitting to ceramics, bag making, furniture making, jewellery design and much more. These courses are great fun and you’ll have a hand-made item to take home with you as a special reminder of your time in Keswick!
Private, bespoke bookings are also available but must be booked well in advance.
Despite having only been open for a couple of days, several courses are already fully booked, so be sure to reserve your place!
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