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A Cheshire homeware company uses mussel shells from a BBC Future Food Stars contestant to make its amazing products. Rawr was set up by Clare Lewis and Pippa Race at the beginning of the year.

The friends met while bringing their children to pre-school and both shared a dream of setting a homewares business. Clare and Pippa make their stunning homeware products from their homes in Rainow and Bollington, usually out of their kitchens or office. They are aiming to move into a studio over the summer and have a workshop where they can craft their homeware.

Pippa, 37, is a graphic designer and Clare worked as part of her husband's joinery company, upcycling furniture. They operate their business mainly on global marketplace website Etsy, while also setting up stalls at markets across Macclesfield and Bollington.

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The friends began to brainstorm their vision for the company in January and they both liked concrete homeware, but were conscious of making a more sustainable business. The following month, Clare and Pippa launched the businesses' Instagram and began selling their unique products in March.

They sell jesmonite products, which is a more sustainable version of cement for homewares. They use Savages' mussels shells and oyster shells for their terrazzo products, while making use of leftover cement when crafting their handmade concrete items.

(Image: Rawr/Clare Lewis/Pippa Race)

Speaking to Cheshire Live, Clare says customers 'love' that Rawr use recyclable products, in particular the mussel shells from Savages.

The 31-year-old said: "Me and my friend met through our children as they went through pre-school together, they both love dinosaurs and that's where the name come from.

"We both just got chatting about creativity, what we were doing and making. We both dreamed of having a homeware shop, so we thought we'd try it.

"We've had a really positive reaction to the branding and the style of our products. But in particular, with the recycled element as people love the facts the shells come from Savages and they're like 'we at there last week'."

Macclesfield chef, Jamie Savage, recently appeared on the new BBC show - Gordon Ramsay's Future Food Stars. He runs a mussel bar called Savages Mussels in the Picturedrome and was selected as one of 12 of the UK’s best up-and-coming food and drink entrepreneurs.

(Image: Rawr/Clare Lewis/Pippa Race)

Clare met Jamie through attending baby groups and after following his journey, her and Pippa decided to collaborate with the chef.

"I know Jamie from when my eldest and his were both babies, we went to couple of baby groups together. I followed his journey, so when me and Pippa set up and were thinking about terrazzo we wondered what we could use," she said.

"Then we come up with the idea to use the shells and collaborate with Jamie. And he's very passionate about that sort of thing and he was really up for it."

The business partners have recently started setting up stalls on markets in the Bollington and Macclesfield areas. Clare says she 'loves' selling their products in person as she likes to see customers' reactions to their story.

"Recently we started attending markets and we love doing them. We've done a couple in Macclesfield and Bollington, as well as the Treacle Market," she said.

"We're doing a summer fate in Prestbury that's coming up in July. It's been really good because on Etsy there's hundreds of products similar to ours, but around our area I don't think there's many people that do what we're doing.

"I think people have really enjoyed seeing something different and especially the story behind it as well, by using recycled shells and concrete. I think it looks different to a lot of other products you can get locally too.

"We've had a refreshing reaction to it all, everyone has been so positive and we've really enjoyed it so far. Doing markets is great because you can speak to customers and see their reaction too."

You can view Clare and Pippa's amazing products on their Instagram and Etsy pages.

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