Our Process

Iconic, timeless, aspirational and tactile, each sink is an original design, handcrafted to give a lifetime of service and pleasure

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-honoured techniques that have been passed down from master craftsman to apprentice for well over a century.

Slip Casting

The process begins with a mixture of locally sourced clay and water being hand poured into porous moulds – this is known as 'slip casting'.

Hand-Finishing

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.

Our time-honoured techniques that have been passed down from master craftsman to apprentice, for well over a century.

Twice Glazed

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.

Firing

Each sink is then carefully fired in specially designed kilns at temperatures of over 1200 degrees Celsius to complete this rigorous process.

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