We’re Claire and Barry Foster; we own and run Hawksbys. We both have a passion for all things visually wonderful, beautifully crafted and created to enhance everyday life.
We had always loved visiting Haworth and its surrounding area, so when the opportunity came to rent some premises with bags of character, we went for it…it just seemed perfect. That was in 2012… In July 2014, we bought a property across the street, moved in and, in April 2015, moved our business across too. Now we live and work in one building and we love it, especially the morning commute!
It’s been so important to us to make Hawksbys into a warm and welcoming hub in the centre of Haworth where we showcase and sell creations of all shapes and sizes from some of the UK’s most talented artists. You won’t find these items on the high street, but we think you’ll love the cornucopia of quirky, fun and stylish creations.
Meet the family
Driving force, magpie, curator & dreamer
It was while working at Salts Mill in the 1853 Gallery and Bookshop for 13 years, surrounded by beautiful things, that I began to dream of Hawksbys – a gallery full of desirable and yet affordable artworks and objects.
Passionate about well-made products, I only buy things I love, things I would personally want to treasure (if I had unlimited space for my private collection). I am heavily drawn to nature, which is evident through my choices for Hawksbys. I love quirky, old and wooden objects and furniture, such as wooden bobbins, old boxes, shoe lasts, old rulers…not to mention rusted metal objects…oh and old bricks! I like things that have a history, that have the natural patina of age and use (just like my husband!)
Decorator, talent champion, organiser & all-round rock
Retail is a new departure for me. I am a third generation decorator and have 30 years’ experience working for clients all over Yorkshire. I love the customer interaction at Hawksbys; being able to meet the artists’ and makers is so important for this as it gives me an insight into the passion behind the talent, which I love to share with our customers. I look forward to organising workshops in the future.
I joined the team in June 2013. I’m Hawksbys’ main meeter and greeter, which suits my friendly nature. Training in other areas of the business is ongoing…
Claire’s mum, tower of support & recurring guest star
I’m the obligatory occasional staff and also Claire’s mum. I have vast experience in retail, having been an avid shopper for many years! Also, I like to think Claire inherited her eye for beautiful things from me.