Designer Desire: George Cook

Mosaic of George Cook pottery items for Ambleside Pottery

Earlier this week, we wrote about a piece of Ambleside pottery we bought. Today we’re going to show you a few more examples of work by its maker, George Cook. Cook was the founder and main designer-maker of Ambleside Pottery based in the southern Lake District, Cumbria. He ran the pottery from 1948 until he retired in 1968, when he sold the premises to Brian Jackson. Between 1959 & 1966, he trained Gordon Fox who currently owns & runs Kentmere Pottery.

George Cook pieces regularly come up for sale at auctions across the UK and occasionally appear on eBay. They’re very reasonably priced… for the time being!

The 1954 Rydal Women’s Institute programme reveals how the group held their April meeting at George Cook’s studio. A pottery demonstration formed part of the event. The studio was located in North Road, in an abandoned corn mill (see bottom photo taken in April 1886) by Stock Ghyll, Ambleside.  The pottery remained in existence until the 1980s. At present, it operates as the Giggling Goose Café. Apparently, examples of the pottery can still be found on the roof above the kitchen window.

George Cook, founder of Ambleside Potterycredit

Stock Ghyll Mill, North Road, Amblesidecredit

Additional image credits: Worthpoint

Tuesday Huesday: National Parks Week

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Loughrigg Tarn looking towards the Langdale Pikes, Lake District National Park, Cumbria

This week is National Parks Week so we thought we’d go with that theme for today’s Tuesday Huesday post.

One of our favourite places to visit in the UK is the Lake District National Park in Cumbria. It’s only about an hour and a half’s drive from where we live and the scenery is spectacular. We try to go at least 3 or 4 times a year – it’s lovely seeing the way the landscape changes throughout the different seasons.

This photo is of Loughrigg Tarn (Tarn is derived from an Old Norse word for lake). This lake is very accessible, there’s a car park and path suitable for push chairs and wheelchairs. The two rounded peaks in the background of the photo are known as the Langdale Pikes which, from experience,  are a fair bit harder to ascend!

Lakeland Break

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Loughrigg Tarn, Langdale, Lake District | H is for Home

In last week’s Wednesday Wish post, we mentioned a recent trip we took to the Lake District.

wood & rope swings hanging from an oak tree, Chapel Style, Little Langdale, Lake District, Cumbria

We thought we’d just share a few snaps of our short stay – perhaps for any fellow Lake District lovers who haven’t been for a while (and are in need a quick ‘virtual visit’)… or maybe for anyone who’s always fancied going and need just a little further tempting.

a single tent pitched in Baysbrown Farm, Chapel Style, Little Langdale, Lake District, Cumbria

How about this for a view to wake up to?

For all you campers out there – this photo was taken at the Baysbrown Farm campsite in the Great Langdale valley.

trees with beautiful autumn leaves in the churchyard, Ambleside, Lake District, Cumbria

The stunning, seasonal colours had started to emerge…

Chapel and roofs in the mist, Chapel Style, Little Langdale, Lake District, Cumbria

…and we had a couple of those glorious autumn days with morning mists giving way to bright sunshine.

close up view of moss, Little Langdale, Lake District, Cumbria close up view of a spider's web on a stone wall, Little Langdale, Lake District, Cumbria

Around every corner you find beauty – whether on a small or large scale.

road dry stone wall and farm gate, Chapel Style, Little Langdale, Lake District, Cumbria

We have some very nice walking country of our own here in Yorkshire where we live…

Loughrigg Tarn, Langdale, Lake District, Cumbria

…however, Lakeland really takes some beating!

Out & about… January

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Snowy Pennine scene with blue sky, bare tree branches in the foreground & trees & farm outbuildings in the background

December started with a cold snap… and January began in the same way.

Higgeldy piggeldy fence posts in a snowy landscape | H is for Home

Lots of snow, frost & ice about again.

Canal lock with barge in iced over water | H is for Home

Here, a barge has to break through icy water in Rochdale Canal.

Old bath in a field being used for animal feeding | H is for Home

We often come across these old baths while wandering around the local fields. How about this for al fresco living? It was about -3ºC on the day we saw these – tempted to take a dip anyone?

Old baths in a field being used for feeding farm animals | H is for Home

And what about this twin-tub arrangement?

We spent a week away in the Lake District in the middle of the month. Unfortunately, we got 7 solid days of mist & rain.

Loughrig Tarn with the Langdale Pikes in the background | H is for Home

The area still manages to be beautiful even in the worst of weathers though.

Langdale Pikes from Elterwater, Lake District, Cumbria | H is for Home Bridge Gate in Elterwater, Lake District, Cumbria | H is for Home

We stayed in Elterwater and spent our time walking in the surrounding hills… and then drying off in front of fires in our cottage … or the Britannia, the local village pub.

Britannia Inn, Elterwater, Lake District, Cumbria | H is for Home

Fudge was always waiting for his next walk… of which there were many!

Fudge looking out the window of Rose Cottage in Elterwater | H is for Home

We did break it up with a day’s shopping, spending a couple of hours in Windermere. We picked up a few things including these immaculate 1970s headphones and some Holmegaard glass candle holders.

Vintage 1970s stereo headphones | H is for Home Vintage Holmegaard glass candle holders | H is for Home

We also stocked up on nice things to eat and drink at Booths. It’s a small chain of food stores in the North of England – and a firm favourite of ours.

Inside the cafeteria of Booths Supermarket, Windermere, Lake District, Cumbria

Last week we spent a day taking photos in Manchester – we’ll be doing a blog in the near future about vintage shopping in the city – we’ll keep you posted!