Our Story

Clan Artisan is Jen McEwan and Karen Merayo. We really hope that we are a little different with the whole ethos of our business. We really care about the people behind our products and have hand picked small artisan food producers, people who we believe will go far, and deserve to be recognised for their fantastic and delicious product. 

We also believe it is important to know the story of the person behind our products. Read our Meet the Makers section and join us in supporting and helping them grow. If you love their products, tell them. Give them a like on social media. It helps them to continue on their journey and makes all their hardwork worthwhile.

Jen 

Jen was born and bred in the beautiful Scottish town of Stirling, where she had aspirations of being a paediatric nurse. Her career was cut short due to starting her family, maybe a little earlier than she had planned. Jen then found her true calling and really loved being at home with her family and decided to have more children. Jen spent the next 16 years dedicating her whole being to her five children. Always the perfect hostess, Jen loves to share her love and natural talent for cooking; cultivating her recipes from that overactive mind.   

 

Jen made some 'chilli jams' in her own kitchen using the fresh ingredients she had, giving some extra jars to friends and family. They wanted more and so The Wee Kitchen Company was born. She now produces award winning jams and accompaniments and supplies farm shops, deli's and catering establishments all over the Central Belt, and a few further afield. Alongside the jamming, Jen also produced luxury food hampers for friends and family, but struggled to make jam orders and wrap hampers and henceforth Clan Artisan was born with Karen after a chance meeting at a parent and toddler class! Jen is known as the 'creative, lively one' at Clan Artisan. She brings most ideas to the table and one way or another, they materialise.  Jen loves finding new producers and helping them grow as she truly knows what it feels like to own a small business in a tough industry. 

 

Karen

Karen graduated with no aspirations whatsoever of owning her own business. In line with her love of all things well-being, Karen undertook health industry sales jobs, eventually settling into analytical work, interesting and varied, whilst growing and nourishing three little ones. A learned cook and the lover of a challenge, Karen strove to build her own path and be a role model for her children and when redundancy threatened, through friendship, coffees, good food and idea sharing, Clan Artisan came into being. Karen has an amazing eye for detail and a great mind for numbers. She works tirelessly behind the scenes of Clan Artisan and strives to ensure that customer service is always at the forefront of our business. Karen is known as the 'calm organised one' at Clan Artisan with her laid back, composed nature working through tasks in a systematic and logical manner. Karen has loved meeting new producers, and enjoyed the challenge of setting up a business from the beginning, from the branding and logo to getting the products out to launch, which she feels truly resonates with her Scottish roots.

Both Karen and Jen work around their children and juggle family life. We want our children to know where the foods they eat come from and when a real person has made them. That it is important to support small businesses and the local economy. That's just the way of Clan Artisan, its all about family. 

Its time for the gathering, come join the clan.