About Hawkhill Hotworks

Colin & Lisa Badger of HawkHill Hotworks

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How Hawkhill Hotworks Began

Colin & Lisa Badger have honed a partnership combining fused glass and metalwork for distinctive contemporary designs in furniture, lighting and collectable objects- stylish, with a bohemian, organic edge.
Colin & Lisa met in 1998. Experience in their disciplines helped ideas flow, when they formed the idea to make problem-solving, original furniture, and by 2002 they were combining fused glass, iron & brass in unusual designs, which got them an invitation to the prestigious Philadelphia Furniture Show 2004. They were proud of this, as the show’s focus is mainly fine, high-end woodwork.
They also attended the juried Peters Valley Festival, Tinicum Art Festival and Morristown Craft Show in the US, plus Craft in Focus Contemporary Craft Fairs, The Red House, Hospitalfield Arts, The RHS Hampton Court & Chatsworth Flower Shows, the US Embassy/London, and the Edinburgh Festival West End Craft Fair, as well as hosting their own successful Pop-Up Shop in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire several times in the past few years. They have been a ltd. co. in the UK for over 18 years.

What We Offer

We continue with our passion for well-crafted, functional and original designs, guiding initial concepts to results- we prioritise actual comfort, ease of use, and durability. We truly enjoy sitting around after a meal and working up new creations- Lisa might wake up with an idea which is then batted around at breakfast. We enjoy many interesting projects from clients as well, finding that commissions take us in new directions, as well as keeping us informed about current trends and requirements. Colin has a genius for engineering solutions that are simple and clever. We also focus on customer after-care, and strive to make right what isn’t.

History

Lisa and HawkHill had a collection of art glass and furniture at Aberfeldy Gallery from 2005 until it closed in 2016. She was the guest diarist for craft&design magazine for 2006-07, and gave talks on glass fusing to the Angus Art Fund in Sept. 2011. She was a co-founder in 2011 of Angus Open Studios, during which she donated 10% of proceeds to Friends of Sunnyside Hospital, totalling over time to just under £2000. Her work has also appeared at the Meffan Gallery & Museum in Forfar, Angus. The HawkHill presentation has won gold awards at The Royal Highland Show & The Moy Highland Field Sports Fair. They were selected Maker of the Month in August 2017 by Craft in Focus.

In 2005, Colin & Lisa acquired stone barns at Hawkhill in Lunan Bay, Angus in Scotland. Historians say that William the Lion flew his hawks there when visiting nearby Red Castle. Lisa maintains her studio in a retired Church of Scotland near the beach. The area's historical note and abundant natural beauty inspire them both. Lisa recently edited and illustrated a local book called Lunan Bay’s People by Hew Blair-Imrie.

Biographies

Lisa grew up by a historic forest park outside of NYC. Natural surroundings and a multi-disciplined family setting have always deeply inspired her. Her artistic foundations include Rhode Island School of Design, School of Visual Arts/NYC and Edinburgh College of Art, as well as private tutors. She apprenticed with several noted artists and craftsmen, and has created a body of nationally published artwork, as well as 3D work, over a 40 year career, including medical illustration and info graphics. She has an extensive glass collection.

Lisa has lived in New York, California and northern Europe, for the past 17 years in Scotland. Her varied experience, travels, interests and studies give her work a faceted, lyrical and distinctive expression, and support her commissions. She has developed quite a number of unusual techniques in glass.

She is also an accomplished singer and songwriter, having produced a collaborative CD in 2000, one of the songs of which was used by BusinessWeek magazine in a presentation. She appeared, with The Secret Admirers, numerous times at The Bitter End in NYC, and on radio stations in NJ and NY.

Colin Badger has lifelong experience in all aspects of metalwork, taking on copper cupolas and ornate railing projects to sheep pens, perfecting his craftsmanship. He grew up on a farm in West Somerset on the Exmoor border, coming from Yorkshire as a boy. He employs a practical and effective approach to problem solving in concept and fabrication, and has a natural instinct for common sense design. His ornamental ironwork practice became more challenging when he teamed up with William Welch of Tendenze Design, and took on architectural iron projects for many discerning clients in suburban NJ. He has since fabricated many ironwork projects in the UK, including wrought iron gates, street lamps, and hotel furniture.


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Comments about HawkHill...

This is just to say a big thank you for C's table and chairs. We called in to see her yesterday on our way back from the family holiday, and they look very good. She is absolutely delighted with them. You really are both very talented, and I'm glad our paths crossed what is now quite a few years ago. - Mrs.C

 Thank you so much for our really beautiful tables. They are every bit as fabulous as we hoped! A. loves the radiator table most while I adore the garden table with its gorgeous pond side plants and rainbow colours running softly through the pond. We both love the summerhouse table that fits in so well with all its colours. Thank you too for taking such care making them. They are of superb quality and really worth the money. It was also wonderful to have them assembled and delivered included in the price. It really made a difference. -Mr. B.H.

The mirror has safely arrived and looks fabulous.
Many thanks! - Mr. T.C.

The lamps arrived this afternoon. We have just unpacked them, and they are absolutely beautiful - THANK YOU! - Mrs. M.T.

We love it!  Thank you so much. The variety of fish and colours is perfect and we were delighted to see that you were able to get the ripple circles in too.  It looks great in the kitchen and really adds a focal point. - Ms. J. M.

We have a few nice lamps but yours stands out and looks original, we love it. We did not expect you to replace the bulb, the fact you are doing so shows you care about your products, which is a rare quality these days.” Mr. M

Perfect! Many thanks for designing and making the excellent telephone table. It is a perfect fit, hiding all the unsightly cables, and is just what we wanted.
Top marks all round!! Mr. H

Absolutely delighted with your creation!
You always seem to be able to translate my somewhat vague descriptions into exactly what I have in my mind's eye! - Mrs. M

"Thank you so much for all the time & care you’ve put into my beautiful table. We are absolutely thrilled with it!  We all like tracing our fingers over the primordial soup design, debating our favourite koi, finding our names & sitting in ‘our’ place!!  

I can’t believe you turned this around so quickly; Colin arrived, after a marathon day, almost exactly 2 months after I’d last seen you at Wisley.

The table truly brings me joy & is already becoming a focal point for bringing the family together over meals in the garden.  (My youngest said, even if they’re not hungry, they’ll want to sit up to look at the glass work!)" Ms. J

"Brilliant! I absolutely love the table and chairs.  Thanks you both so much – I will certainly be recommending you." Ms. C

“Meeting you at the show last year was a great piece of luck – we had been looking for ‘that perfect piece’ of furniture for a long time and we felt very confident when we spoke to you that you shared our vision and understood our rough sketches for the piece. You have a rare skill – to combine art with utility – and created a piece of bespoke craftsmanship in the best traditions of Art & Crafts.” Mr. G & Ms. R

...not much truly impresses my husband but he was gazing at it fondly and saying it was a true piece of art :) .Mrs. R


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Lisa in Studio

 

 ...just want to make contact to let you know that we love it.  I wanted to wait to email you until the family had seen it and they agree it is very special and sort of brings the whole house together.  We like to look down on it from upstairs, look over to it from the rooms, and enjoy it on sunny days and dull days.  It is so nice to think that you made this specially for us when most things we have around us are mass produced, so we really appreciate it.  It sits perfectly in the place it is made for, the colours are just right and it will never ever get boring. I think we will love it more and more over the years. Thank you!" Mr. & Mrs. G.


Lunan Bay & Lisa's Old Lunan Church Studiolunan church closenfarpsoup and doodle lo


"Just wanted to drop you a wee line to say that we are so thrilled with the stools! They look gorgeous and I can’t wait to show them off! Thank you to you both." Mrs. C

“...Just to let you know that the package arrived safely today and the recipient is over the moon with their present, many thanks for a quick turnaround and such a beautiful piece of art work”. B. M.    – “Sorry, but as the happy birthday boy, I have to add my twopence-worth: It is a thing of beauty and will be cherished. Fantastically observed and beautifully crafted. Completely original. I can't take my eyes off it! The best birthday gift ever...” R.

“We are so pleased with our koi tables that Colin delivered last week - they are beautiful. They are looking very much at home in our conservatory and when the sun shines they take on a new dimension. Thank you very much for your hard work in bringing our ideas to fruition and providing us with some special furniture, which will be cherished for years to come and, I am sure, will be admired by friends and family...” Mr. & Mrs. B.

 “The bowl arrived yesterday, Thank you, it is absolutely fantastic! You have captured all the fish brilliantly, we love the 'wonky' shape and the extra little bits of iridescence on the surface. My daughter, who at 14 hates everything that boring parents like, squealed with delight that you had included her goldfish so well. I definitely think you should market yourself to the serious koi keepers to immortalize their pride and joys.” Mrs. C.S.

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Just wanted to say a quick "thank you" for the tables which are exactly what I wanted and look great. - Mrs.C.

Colin & Lisa on Beach 2

 “Lisa, Once again, thank you very much for creating something so beautiful.”  Mrs. I.R.