Halecat Arts & Crafts

A group of artists and makers based in the English Lake District - at Halecat House, Witherslack, Cumbria LA11 6RT. For general enquiries feel free to contact us via here. If you are after any specific artist or artisan then we would advise to have a look at their individual profile here and contact them directly 

Together we host OPEN STUDIOS and group exhibitions - usually opening up our studio spaces in April and September and at Christmas with other invited makers and artisans

Edward Carefoot Furniture

With a purpose built workshop here on site at Halecat, Edward is a furniture maker, timber frame constructor and antique restorer. He is influenced by tradition and nature, which continues to inspire his designs and craftsmanship Following an apprenticeship in antique restoration, Edward creates contemporary furniture which is locally and sustainably sourced with a recognition of the skills of the past www.edwardcarfoot.co.uk

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Fiona Clucas

As a painter Fiona is inspired by the landscape - the wildlife and flora as well as the constantly changing light and weather. She paints out in the landscape whenever possible and sees it as a wonderful way to connect with nature in a manner that can be totally absorbing In her work her desire is to convey the atmosphere and the sense of wonder that certain places can give www.fiona-clucas.co.uk

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Lara Clahane

As a potter Lara throws decorative and functional domestic pots in stoneware and porcelain. With decoration inspired by the local landscape, her desire is that her work delights the heart, hand and eye to enhance everyday living She throws pots from her studio here in the Lake District at Halecat, Witherslack, Cumbria www.facebook.com/halecatpottery

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Danny Clahane

Danny began carving stone and immersing himself in the world of sculpture during his degree at Canterbury College of Art - and it was during this time that he first worked as an assistant with the Sculptor Stephen Cox carving very large Granite sculptures destined for the Broadgate in London From his studio Danny continues to create work primarily in stone for exhibition and to commission, completing various projects including work for many public and private commissions www.dannyclahane.com

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Ben McLeod

A painter whose work is heavily influenced by the surrounding landscape of wherever that is: painting as a response to living, working and walking in that landscape. Often composing paintings with thick, textured paint - loosely applied - it is to convey a sense of place, with the physical process of mark-making an engagement with the environment His work is a visual diary, a desire to capture a sense of the vitality and living quality of the landscape - a response to knowing what it is like to be in the landscape - a personal response to seeing and feeling the effects of the light and weather www.benmcleodfineart.co.uk

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Mountain Oak Woodcraft

Nestled in the foothills of the Lake District and the largest area of ancient woodland in Cumbria - Jack has a purpose built barn known as 'The Cruck' on site here at Halecat where his sustainable woodcraft draws its inspiration from the enduring strength and curve of the forest The craft used by Mountain Oak Woodcraft crosses generations and draws on historic cleaving and hewing techniques in traditional timber frame building and green woodworking. The work involves timber frames, gates, fences and garden structures www.mountainoakwoodcraft.com

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Shape Furniture

Established in 2020 and with a purpose built workshop built within the woodyard here on site in 2021 Jonathan Beeby is the architect and designer-maker and founder of Shape Furniture Ltd. Every process of creation - from the initial sketch to the completed design, sourcing and processing of timber to built product - is done in house. Offering customisable, solid wood, handmade furniture and home accessories to the discerning buyer Trained as an architect at Newcastle University and working for a number of London practices, Jonathan has developed his passion for design and making into a bespoke furniture business www.shape.furniture

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To The Root

Another of the artisans in the Halecat Arts and Crafts group, Ffion Harris is originally from South Wales and came to the Lakes over 10 years ago - fell in love with the place and stayed She has a passion for working with natural woods - which manifests in the creation of various unique decorative woodwork items - as well as practical yet beautiful objects Connected to her love of the outdoors she runs various popular bush craft related WORKSHOPS from her studio space in the Witherslack Valley such as longbow making, paddle making and fire lighting. All using materials surrounding her studio www.totheroot.co.uk

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Charlie Whinney

Working in wood and wood bending and existing to explore the relationship between materials, people and the environment After successfully displaying at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2021 as part of the BBC Hope Garden and with commissions as far and wide as China, Japan, Singapore, France, UK, Ireland and USA and work with public and private clients Charlie Whinney's work is global Charlie Whinney Studio is based at Beck Head in Witherslack where beautiful eco-friendly objects are produced. Straddling fine art, architecture and design they are leaders in the niche world of steam-bending wood www.charleywhinney.com

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OPEN STUDIOS - 4-5th May 2024


Happy to announce our OPEN STUDIOS for Spring: 4-5th May 2024. Come and see lots of new and exciting work from the various artists and artisans based here in the beautiful setting of Halecat. Food and refreshments are available in the courtyard - with studios open to browse, chat, purchase direct and be inspired. Put it in your diary: Sat 4 & Sun 5 May 2024 - open from 10:30 till 5pm each day

  • Date: 04/05/2024 10:30 AM - 05/05/2024 05:00 PM
  • Location: Halecat House, Witherslack Hall Estate, Witherslack, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6RT (Map)

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  • Halecat House, Witherslack, Grange-over-Sands, England, United Kingdom