When Shaws of Darwen was founded in the closing years of the 19th century, they had a vision to make the finest handcrafted fireclay sinks in the whole of England. Today, some 120 years on, the vision has been more than realised, Shaws now enjoys, not only national But a worldwide reputation for quality,Craftsmanship and practicality of their unique artisan products.
Each Shaws sink takes between 3 to 4 weeks to make, using a process knows as slip casting, the clay is locally sourced and mixed with water and added into the porous moulds. When the sinks are dry enough they are removed from the moulds and expertly handfinished with a process called fettling which, creates a smooth finish. The sink is the given its first coat of glaze, the second coat of glaze is applied to improve the feel and durablility. It then put into specially designed kilns and fired at over 1200 degrees. The Shaws sink is imprinted on the base with the name of the craftsman who has created each sink.