Colin & Lisa Badger of HawkHill Hotworks
Colin & Lisa Badger have honed a partnership combining fused glass and metalwork for distinctive designs in furniture and collectable objects- stylish, with a bohemian edge.
Colin & Lisa met in 1998. Experience in their disciplines helped ideas flow, and by 2002 they were combining fused glass, iron & brass in unusual furniture designs. They continue to focus on well-crafted, functional and original designs, and guiding initial concepts to results. They truly enjoy sitting around after a meal and working up new creations- Lisa is known to wake up with an idea which is then batted around at breakfast. They also enjoy many interesting projects from clients, finding that commissions take them in new directions, as well as keeping them informed about current trends.
The Badgers' work was selected for the prestigious Philadelphia Furniture Show 2004, something they were proud of, as the show’s focus is mainly fine woodwork. They attended the Peters Valley Festival, Morristown Craft Fair & Rose Squared Events in the US, plus Craft in Focus Contemporary Craft Fairs, The Red House, Hospitalfield Arts, The RHS Hampton Court & Chatsworth Flower Shows, Edinburgh West End Craft Fair in the UK, and many more.
Lisa and HawkHill had a collection 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. 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.
Lisa grew up by a historic forest park in the US, and natural surroundings have always inspired her. She is from an artistic family and has a well-rounded foundation in the arts, including Rhode Island Shool of Design. School of Visual Arts/NYC and Edinburgh College of Art. She apprenticed with several noted artists and craftsmen, and has created a body of published artwork, as well as 3D work, over a 40 year career. She has an extensive glass collection. Lisa has lived in New York, California and northern Europe, and the past 16 years in Scotland. Her varied experiences and travels give her work a faceted, lyrical and distinctive expression, and support her commissions. She has developed a number of unusual techniques in glass.
Colin has lifelong experience in all aspects of metalwork, taking on projects from copper cupolas and ornate railings to sheep pens, in order to perfect 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 some of the wealthier clients in suburban NJ.
In 2005, Colin & Lisa acquired stone barns at Hawkhill in Lunan Bay, Angus in Scotland. Local legend says 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.
Comments about HawkHill...
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.
Absolutely delighted with your creation!
"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!!
"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
"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
Lunan Bay & Lisa's Old Lunan Church Studio
“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
...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.
“...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.
Just wanted to say a quick "thank you" for the tables which are exactly what I wanted and look great. - Mrs.C.
“Lisa, Once again, thank you very much for creating something so beautiful.” Mrs. I.R.