Meet the team!
Founder & Director: Claire Pearson-Cowell
Chow Bella began in 2006, when Claire, 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! The business had to be named after Bella and so Chow Bella was born. Spaniel bowls (Ear Free Bowls®) are still the mainstay of the business and will always be at the core of Chow Bella.
Very sadly, Bella left us in March 2019. She was 14 and had lived such an amazingly joyous life and will always be hugely missed. She remains a big part of the business and her face adorns the logo.
Claire lives in Hampshire with her partner, 2 guinea pigs (Bilbo and Frazzle) and one dog, a lurcher called Sox.
Packing/Admin: Catriona Speed
After working within the medical profession for 20 + years Catriona joined Chow Bella in January 2020 to help Claire with packing the bowls in their eco-friendly packaging to ensure that they don't get broken in transit, as well as carrying out some admin tasks.
Never phased even when faced with literally mountains of bowls to be packed, she does a fantastic job and we'd be lost without her!
Catriona has two cats, a beautiful German shepherd and a welsh pony which occupy most of her spare time. And if it wasn’t for her husband she would definitely have more animals joining the family!
When not outdoors walking or riding Catriona will be found spending time in the garden.
Bowl Painting: Carla Cass
Carla spent nearly 4 years managing a ceramics cafe before setting up her own mobile pottery painting business, Dolly Pots. The business is named after Carla's hairless sphynx cat, Dolly, who is a real character and always popular with her customers!
Carla joined Chow Bella in September 2020 and helps with the tricky business of painting the bowls when things get really busy. She is fantastically talented and a great asset to the team.
You can find out more about Dolly Pots on Instagram @dollypots_