Charles and Miranda
Charles and Miranda first met in art school in England in 1979. After college they each set out in different directions to be trained in the workshops of some of the world's most renowned craftspeople. This preparation provided the skills and attention to detail that has strengthened their understanding that the care of making objects by hand gives life to their work.
After several years of training and independent work, Miranda and Charles happened to meet again in Vermont. They married and set up individual workshops which allowed them to continue refining their crafts.
Over time, it became more and more obvious that their shared philosophy about the importance of handwork should lend itself to a joint effort producing handmade objects for the home. Today, Charles Shackleton Furniture and Miranda Thomas Pottery, the workshops that make up ShackletonThomas, consist of a group of personally trained individuals who share their philosophy.
A DESIGN HERITAGE
Both of Miranda’s parents are British, and a talent for design runs in the family. Miranda’s grandfather is the famous architect Arthur Joseph Davis, who at a young age designed The Ritz Hotel in London, from the exterior down to the doorknobs, the interiors of legendary ocean liners including The Aquitania and The Queen Mary, and the Royal Automobile Club at No. 1 Aldwich.
In 1981, Charles Shackleton immigrated to the United States from Ireland with a mission to create a small company designing functional objects for the home. These inanimate objects not only emphasized the functional, but more importantly emphasized the strength and quality of the human spirit. In a world where technology has all but taken over, Charles felt that there would be increasing demand for objects that people could place in their home that had “Soul” or a meaning beyond just the visual.
Shackleton firmly believes that the intrinsic value of the furniture lies in the fact that each piece is made from start to finish by one individual and because each piece involves a huge contribution of the imperfect but highly skilled human hand. Despite the reliance on each person’s individuality, the company works as one coherent team, to design, make, and market this very unusual but very beautiful functional art for the home. While other stifling factories churn out identical but somewhat lifeless objects at half the price, ShackletonThomas relies on the beauty and strength of the human spirit to create objects that are designed to inspire and become statements of their owner's high aspirations.