At Shaws we don’t believe in mass production; we believe in quality, individuality and authenticity in all we do. It takes time to hand-make Shaws sinks, between three to four weeks in total, using time-honored techniques that have been passed down from master craftsman to apprentice for well over a century.
The process begins with a mixture of locally-sourced clay and water being hand poured into porous moulds — this is known as ‘slip casting’.
When the newly-formed sinks are dry enough, our master craftsmen expertly hand-finish these artisan products through a process of sponging and ‘fettling’ to create a smooth surface. It’s at this stage that the craftsman proudly imprints his name on the base of his creation.
Only after leaving a sink to gradually dry out for a period of over 40 hours, is it deemed ready to be prepared with a first coat of glaze. It is then glazed for a second time to improve the feel and durability of the product.
Each sink is then carefully fired in specially-designed kilns at temperatures of over 1200° Celsius to complete this rigorous process.