Chow Bella began 10 years ago, when Claire Pearson, who was in between ceramics studios (then working full time in publishing and making art ceramics in her spare time), was fed up of her Cocker Spaniel Bella's ears always being wet or crusty from draping in her food bowl. So she decided to make her a bespoke bowl.
A week or so later, feeling quite chuffed with the clean ear scenario at home, she mentioned this on a cocker spaniel forum, and the rest, as they say, is history! Chow Bella has grown in a truly organic way, and 3 years ago, Claire was able to quit her other jobs and go full time with the bowls.
Ten years on, spaniel bowls are still our number one best seller.
Claire is the founder and, to date, sole employee of Chow Bella. When not physically making the bowls she can be found either hunched over a kiln, wrapping and packing the bowls for delivery, doing admin, or walking the dog. She lives in a beautiful part of Hampshire with her original sidekick, Bella, her partner and two rather wayward lurchers.
Claire studied ceramics at London's City Lit and has a Dip H.Ed (distinction) in Fine and Applied Art: Ceramics (she also has a BA(Hons) from her previous life)
Bella is really the other founder of Chow Bella, because if it weren't for her and her splendid ears, Claire wouldn't have made the original bowl all those years ago. Bella is now 12, is 5 years in remission with malignant melanoma, and is the most wonderful, mischievious little imp of a dog you could ever meet. She's a shameless food thief, loves nothing better than chasing pheasants, demands more and more cuddles with age, and is a constant companion to Claire spending many an hour crashed out in inappropriate places in the studio.
Photo of Bella courtesy and copyright of Penel Malby Photography.