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The company that Arthur Shaw established in 1897 has had a varied and remarkable history. Look at a Shaws catalogue from 1930, for example, and you’ll see an extraordinary product range that suggests a buoyant heyday. From kitchen sinks to mortuary slabs, Shaws were the masters of fireclay. In the 1930 catalogue (see images) you’ll find an extensive bathroom collection, heavily influenced by Art Deco style.
Shaws no longer manufactures such a wide range – although you’ll find many other interesting products besides kitchen sinks in our Professional collection. In the bathroom, the trend for minimalism has dominated popular taste. It hasn’t suited fireclay.
We think those days are over. There is a new demand for distinctive products that have authenticity and integrity. And fireclay produces the most durable of ceramics – heat resistant, impact resistant and stain resistant – which makes it ideal for the harsh bathroom environment.
In recent years many of our customers have been installing our kitchen sinks in their bathroom, and sending us photos to show us how good they look. We have been persuaded. It is time for Shaws to return to the bathroom!
The new range includes six new models (Aysgill, Waterline, Crossdale and Aira), plus bathroom versions of our famous Butler and Belfast sinks. These have smaller proportions than some of our larger kitchen sinks, and have a standard 1¼” bathroom waste. They work amazingly well in the bathroom. We’ve seen them in contemporary and traditional designs, and they suit the industrial chic of loft living (discover more about loft living here).
The beautiful, circular Aysgill could complement a master bathroom or equally, a luxurious cloakroom. Then you have the Waterling, a bathroom version of our popular Waterside kitchen sink with its gently curved bow-front.
There are two inset or undermounted sinks. The Crossdale is a rectangular inset sink with a prominent lip that shows off the rich, lustrous glaze. The range is completed by the Aira, an oval undermounted basin – in vitreous china, rather than fireclay, which better matches this style of sink.
Our new bathroom collection will be available very soon. We don’t like to keep anyone waiting but this new range has, in a sense, been 120 years in the making.
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