by Fiona McBryde April 04, 2018 2 min read
In early March, we moved to a beautiful new workshop in the Stroud Valleys. Heavy snowstorms made the actual move rather eventful but somehow we made it.
Our new home is Inchbrooks Mills, part of a recently renovated Victorian factory which lay abandoned for 30 years.
We love the idea that old industrial buildings can find a new life as a home for startups and creative businesses, and we're really proud to be continuing the British tradition of making quality products.
We were lucky enough to have literally a blank canvas with which to design and plan our ideal soapery. Importantly, we have making space that is easy to keep clean and well ordered. It’s a calm and creative place to work.
We’re one of 10 different studios set around a sunny internal courtyard. We are a diverse set of small businesses including a product photography studio and the clayloft, an open access ceramics studio
And it’s sustainable as well. Old buildings don’t have to be energy pits. Large, super eco window and glass door gives us plenty of natural light. 3 foot wide walls keep us pretty toasty. All our energy is supplied by a green energy provider. Victorians built their mills and factories within the community (not business parks in the middle of nowhere). This means that we are on a main road, served by a bus route, and just as usefully, right next to cycle path which takes us to Nailsworth and its lure of good coffee and pastry within a couple of minutes.
First and foremost, the soapery is a working studio. At making times we run a pretty tight ship. This means we like to keep everything spick and span, and keep our focus on the job at hand. But when we are not making, we love to have visitors and show what we do and make - just drop us a line and we’ll get the kettle on!
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