I have recently been renovating our bathroom and found great difficulty sourcing a single bowl hand basin to sit ontop of my bargain Victorian washstand.
There are many off the shelf vessel hand basins available, but none were quite the right size or look for the vanity unit and vintage taps I had already purchased.
After weeks of research I came across the Handmade Basin Company; a company specialising in hand thrown single bowl hand basins for cloakrooms and bathrooms.
After speaking to the owner, Lucy Rogers, I was delighted to hear that each hand basin is made to order by her husband, the potter at Vinegar Hill Pottery in Milford-on-sea, Hampshire.
Lucy explained that they would be happy to custom make a counter top hand basin to fit my washstand, and to accommodate the taps I have already purchased.
I was given a fantastic choice of finishes, glazes and stencil designs – but I chose an very simple off-white to suite the vintage feel I wanted to give my bathroom.
I was quite excited that the hand basin may have slight imperfections as you would expect from something that is handmade. But I have to say that the finish is so professional that you could hardly believe that was made in such a traditional way.
It is so refreshing to find a company that can offer you a one off product, and a great story to go with it. Every time I was my hands I will enjoy the fact that my hand basin is a unique product, made by talented potter on a wheel in the South of England; a place I also love to go on holiday.
You would expect a handmade freestanding ceramic hand basin to be fairly delicate, but I was delighted to learn that each one is made from a very high quality clay and fired up to 1260oC, making them extremely durable.
I cannot tell you how happy I am with the and the service. I would not hesitate to recommend the Handmade Basin Company if you are looking to give your bathroom a designer edge.