Rowsaan is a metal smithing practice working out of our home in Kyneton. We hand-make objects for use in the home including hooks, furniture handles, chef knives and spoons. We aim to make objects that are simple in form but have a high level of detail and are used everyday.
I spent the sunniest of winter days at Rowan and Saan’s workshop. The first thing I saw was their beautiful wares laid out on their workbench as the sun shafted through. As the day went on I became mesmerised by the way they used raw elements to craft such refined and delicate pieces.
We admire thoughtfully crafted work designed for longevity and makers that have a body of work that comes out of exploration. Our work pairs quite specific functional requirements with exploration of material and the making process. We constantly push to refine our designs.
Finding a balance is definitely something we struggle with. Our Rowsaan work doesn’t sustain us financially as yet so we both work part-time. When working from home, it’s hard to separate ourselves from our work but we try to have a day where Rowsaan isn’t discussed and we don’t enter the workshop.
We think Rowsaan has benefited from a slow development. Financially, we had to take our time setting up the workshop, which gave us space to develop our designs. We also made the decision to hold off on selling our work until we felt our objects had been developed. This allowed us to focus on the multiple aspects of a small business without needing to meet a high flow of orders.
In the coming year we also plan to upgrade our workshop to allow for additional processes, particularly in steel. We are excited to make our knife production a more central part of the business.