Hello, thanks for dropping by. I’m Clair, the one in the picture, deep in concentration whilst stitching in the panel of my level 2 assessment piece – my pony saddle.
Usually I’d describe myself as a wife, mother, blogger and entrepreneur but in an attempt to sound a little more interesting, I also love: reading, mainly British history or business development; riding my horse, Olly, when time allows; and spending as much time as possible with my family, usually involves looking around a National Trust property.
I suspect the reason you are here is to find out a little more about me, so, I’ll try not to bore you with too much detail. After all, that is what the blog is for.
Before Becoming A Saddler
So, long before becoming a Saddler, I was a frequent traveller abroad. I even lived and worked in Turkey for a couple of summer seasons before settling back in the UK. I went on to embark upon a career in the corporate industry.
I’ve always been a creative soul. As a child, I turned my hand to knitting and cross stitch and later in life I went on to complete a fashion, textiles and pattern cutting diploma.
“I used to be a beauty therapist”
Whilst still in full time employment, I got married and had the children during 2005-2009. During this time I utilised both periods of maternity leave to study beauty therapy. Later I went on to open a unisex beauty studio.
Never was I brave enough to leave the ‘day job’ fully and so after we moved out of town and into our lovely country cottage, the beauty studio became more of a burden than a joy to continue.
Health Before Wealth
Five years later, working within the corporate industry started to have an effect upon my health and well-being and so in 2015, I put the wheels in motion to make a change. This is when I stumbled across leather work.
Fast forward another four years, and I have completed all the necessary City and Guilds qualifications to become a qualified saddler. I now work from my little studio at home in Staffordshire, primarily designing and creating bespoke saddlery and leather accessories.
Only The Best Will Do
By now, you should know I create bespoke saddlery. Mainly bridles and head collars but I also enjoy creating leather accessories, that usually have an equine theme.
“I love making something that has the potential to last a lifetime”
I love making something that has the potential to last a lifetime. My purpose in creating bespoke work is to provide an element of ‘WOW’ in every piece, which is also why I am committed to sourcing the very best leather and metalwork from British suppliers; their quality and durability is known throughout the world.
By sourcing from British suppliers we are all able to monitor the processes of leather to ensure that they are both ethical and sustainable.
Finally, every piece of saddlery work I cut and stitch is done by hand using traditional saddler tools and techniques handed down the generations. Some, but not all, of my leather accessories are partly machine stitched. This is mainly due to wholesale demand, and only used on items where stitching is not required for strength; for example – fashion accessories.
Please do take a look around this site and if you have any questions at all, or just fancy a chat, then please do contact me directly.