The roots of Drummonds are deep in craft and design heritage, reaching far beyond our 30 years as makers of bathrooms. Inspired by the Victorian foundries of past generations, Drummond Shaw founded Drummonds not simply to create classic and beautiful bathroom pieces, but to rediscover the lost art of making them.
Each one of Drummonds’ bathroom products is manufactured by us in our own factories using time-honoured handmade processes. Today, we are proud to design and make all of our own classic pieces. Each design is steeped in history, but with a quality that ensures a future legacy.
Each Drummonds’ bath is crafted from hand-poured cast iron, using the time-honoured sandcasting technique first used in the finest Victorian foundries.
Enamelling and hand-finishing each bath is a process where attention to detail is key. Our unique powdered enamel is sprinkled by hand up to five layers thick, resulting in the beautiful, undulating finish that forms the interior of our baths.
Lost wax casting, a fine art rediscovered. In a world of mass production and machine-made products, Drummonds adheres to traditional manufacturing where attention to detail is key and time, patience and skill absolute necessities.
Each and every piece of Drummonds’ brassware, from a tap head to a towel rail, is hand carved in wax prior to casting. This traditional method allows extremely fine detail to be reproduced exactly as intended.
Time and care is then taken over the polishing of each piece to achieve an exceptional quality and finish, before each product is assembled, checked and packed by hand ready for delivery.
All Drummonds’ basins, large and small, are crafted using the finest quality English china clay. Each basin is finished and glazed by hand, giving it its own individual character.
The process of manufacturing with clay is time consuming and takes several weeks per basin, but the end results are always worth the wait. In our factories the clay is being constantly mixed in small batches, to ensure the consistency is consistently perfect for firing.
The firing is a procedure that requires care and attention, in order to produce the finest, most durable products. After it has been fired, the clay will shrink by up to twelve percent, which must be allowed to happen gradually. With a larger basin, just this part of the process can take up to two weeks.
Creating a beautifully made, hand finished Drummonds design in clay is a process that definitely cannot be rushed.