I went into the relationship with eyes wide open.
I read the reviews- sure, half were 5 star and half were 1 star.
But those 1 star’ers ~ well, they were just probably unhappy people anyway & were taking it out on their sinks.
And, it wasn’t like I was marrying someone who got half 1 stars. ( I married a decidedly 10 golden star guy. )
Well, phew on that, as my sink choice, while handsome as can be, isn’t all it was cracked up to be – excuse the pun.
Well not cracked, crazed.
I have a Shaw fireclay sink.
Covet barely describes the way I felt about this sink before I made it mine.
For the 10 months we spent trying to buy this house & the 8 months we slogged through the renovation, until the day the kitchen went in, that blue diamond danced before my eyes.
There was no doubt this was the sink for me ~ for this house.
I still feel that way, but want to share with you that…now get the 1 stars. I still think it is a 5 star sink in many ways, but I see now what I didn’t want to believe. It crazes.
I share this in case you find yourself coveting too. No wonder it is against the commandments. It can get you into trouble!
This being said & shared, like my marble, I would not trade in my sink for another. It is mine & I love it crazed or not. Maybe I am crazy – crazy in love with a sink?
But you should know the truth & the fact that if mine crazed & those 1 star peoples’ crazed, yours might too. So if you covet, covet with eyes really wide open.
My sink is a Shaw 30″ white fireclay sink. Shaw, a British company has been making these sinks by hand since 1897.
Fireclay is a heavy duty material created when clay is heated and cured in upwards of 1800 degrees Fahrenheit.
It is very heavy, dense, non-porous and should be almost impossible to scratch, dent or crack – you don’t see that word “craze” there do you?
Crazing is a network or web of fine cracks on the surface of a material.
There are theories on why some, but not all Shaw sinks craze. Pouring in boiling hot water, tightening the disposal too tight, not aligned right. But for each 1 star there is a 5 star that pours in boiling water, has a super tight disposal and is mis-aligned. Sometimes it just happens…
I actually like crazing on things like $1 plates I pick up at yard sales. The aging is charming. Crazing on my, about a thousand times such a plate, sink ~ not so much.
As in, send you another sink.
You need to get it installed. Not an easy feat. Sliding a zillion pound sink under existing countertops and re-connecting the plumbing. Not to mention, removing the craz-y sink!
I am going to explore this option just so I can share with you the full story on these beautiful, but potentially crazed sinks.
Stay tuned for an update…in the mean time I will be waxing poetic on being wabi sabi and enjoying the imperfectly imperfectness of my craz-y handmade sink.
How do you deal with the imperfections of daily life?
** Kelly **
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