Shaws has a rich history spanning over 125 years.
He asks his nephew, Arthur Gerald Shaw, to help run the business.
Arthur realises that the spoil from the two collieries contains rich fireclay deposits. With his brothers Robert and Miles, Arthur begins to experiment with this material.
Arthur founds a limited company to make fireclay products.
Arthur insists that every piece should be stamped underneath with the name of the craftsman who made it and the year of manufacture. From this habit we know of a 1903 model that is still in daily use today. If you have a Shaws sink that is even older, please tell us!
Arthur builds a new factory at Waterside to cope with demand.
Shaws contributes to the war effort, making acid ware and ceramic conductors for the government.
This is so successful he establishes a separate company, The Shaws Gas Kiln Company, to build and install kilns throughout the world.
With 600 people employed at the 26 acre site at Waterside, Darwen.
The 1930 Shaws catalogue shows that an entire bathroom suite can now be purchased from Shaws, including the ‘Sumptuor’ white glazed fireclay bath.
After a difficult period in the 1980s when many British manufacturers closed down, Shaws starts to thrive again by supplying fireclay sinks to premium kitchen showrooms such as Smallbone of Devizes.
American Ken Rohl agrees his first contract to distribute Shaws in the United States. Shaws soon becomes the luxury kitchen sink of choice in thousands of homes across America.
Shaws celebrates its 125th anniversary with the launch of its Gallery collection of decorative designs, and adds Black and Grey colour options. It will make more sinks in 2022 than any year in its history.