When Shaws of Darwen was founded in the closing years of the 19th century, we had a vision — to make the finest handcrafted fireclay sinks in the whole of England.

Today, some 120 years on, that vision has been more than realized; Shaws now enjoys, not only a national, but a worldwide reputation for the beauty, quality, craftsmanship and sheer practicality of our unique artisan products.

We’re immensely proud of our heritage, and the fact that our sinks are still handcrafted at our premises in the same quiet corner of North West England as they were when we first started out on Valentine’s Day 1897. We’re also extremely proud that the techniques lovingly used by our time-served craftsmen haven’t changed in all those years.

So much so, every handmade Shaws sink carries an impression on its base of the name of the master craftsman who created it. This, along with our Certificate of Authenticity, is your assurance that your investment has been handcrafted for life.

The Guild of Master Craftsmen seal

Our Process

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. Read More

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