The Bolthole was established in the Summer of 2019 when I, Debra Harris, an interior designer met textile designer Sarah Fennell and discovered a common design ethos. We decided to share a studio at Maws Craft Centre in the Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire and to explore our shared interest in sourcing vintage furniture, fabric and furnishings. Our studio became a hub for creatives looking to uncover new ways of making a home with old things.
Passionate about introducing people to traditional and heritage crafts and encouraging the re-use of beautiful, well-made vintage pieces, we launched a programme of design and upcycling workshops. These quickly took off and soon created the need for more space than our little studio could offer.
So less than a year after it all started, we moved… and now have a beautiful new home, ‘The Bolthole Store’, in the heart of Ironbridge, a World Heritage Site.
‘A Bolthole’ is traditionally a place of refuge and sanctuary, away from the craziness outside. For us, our new store is a creative oasis and haven from the humdrum, so it seemed the perfect name. Whilst you’re here, you can also enjoy a quiet moment in our art cafe, serving delicious cake and locally roasted coffee. Peruse the artwork in our latest art exhibition and take some time out of your busy day to enjoy the creative, inspiring space we have created.