The award-winning Cumbrian ceramicists Martin and Siobhan Miles-Moore have relocated to Brathay as part of an exciting new role as our official Artists in Residence!

The husband and wife team who were recently applauded as ‘Best Designer Makers’ in Cumbria Life’s 2019 Culture Awards, will be working closely with us from their new, full-time studio space in the grounds of our Ambleside headquarters, Brathay Hall.

The couple have made their name as the creators of ‘posh plates for posh chefs’ featuring one-off handmade glazes made from natural materials foraged by themselves.

‘It’s an absolute honour to be at Brathay,’ said Siobhan. ‘We are thrilled with our new studio space set in such beautiful surroundings and we intend to do everything we can to support the charity and what it stands for.’

Both artists were drawn to us as a charity because of the work we do with young people and families, in particular the programmes we deliver to help improve mental health and resilience, not just through residential experiences in the Lake District, but also within urban communities.

‘We know from our own lives that creativity plays a key role in improving well-being and confidence through self-expression,’ said Martin, who admits to having had a challenging childhood himself and, as a former physiotherapist working in palliative care, first took up pottery classes in search of fulfilment and emotional stability.

Both artists believe strongly in the transformative impact that making art can have on people’s lives and, as well as continuing making their own work, they plan to offer creative activities to young people and families staying at Brathay on our residential programmes. They also hope to act as a creative catalyst attracting visitors from the art community and helping to further raise our profile among their own clients and contacts.

Our Chief Executive Godfrey Owen said: ‘We are very excited to have Martin and Siobhan with us on site at Brathay and look forward to working with them to help art and creativity become an integral part of the Brathay experience.’

The couple have marked their arrival with the creation of a new Brathay glaze, using slate and wood ash gathered from the grounds of the estate. This will be officially launched at Bowls of Resilience, a public supper event at Brathay in July. 

The Miles Moore studio is in the grounds of Brathay Hall and is open to the public most days between Friday – Monday between 10am-4pm. 

Meanwhile, Martin’s original Japanese tea bowls will be on display at Brantwood, Coniston, as part of the Ruskin 200 year celebrations: ‘Common Case: John Ruskin, Japan and the Craft Tradition’ running until 5th August.