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Colin & Lisa Badger

HawkHill Forge and Art Glass Ltd
Colin & Lisa Badger are a husband & wife partnership making original furniture with fused glass tiles, wrought iron, brass and wood. The pieces are designed to draw light into and accentuate the tiles, illuminating Lisa's passion for natural life forms and patterns in suspended animation. All of the work for the partnership is performed by either Colin or Lisa.

The art glass made by Lisa Badger is assembled with cut and ground glass carefully arranged in a painterly technique in hand carved moulds, or with several layering techniques using combinations of crushed or cut, coloured and dichroic glass, then kiln fired.
Inclusions of precious metals are sometimes featured.
Several firings are often required to achieve the illusion of suspension in space that is a characteristic of her work.

Lisa studied fine art, illustration and applied art in New York and California and watercolour at Edinburgh College of Art. After attending foundation courses in fused glasswork, she has used her curiosity and creativity to expand the established methods of fusing process whenever practical. "Glass is a challenging medium for an artist accustomed to having a full palette in which to work, whereas furniture is a challenging area of industrial design, as we live with everything we make." Besides making tiles for use in furniture, she also creates architectural pieces, platters, bowls, and individual tiles in wooden stands made by Colin.

Colin studied and practiced craft metalwork in his native Somerset for over 25 years, and continued his work in America. Colin's metalwork is anvil forged and shaped, or carefully welded to hide joints, making his work strong and clean but still hand made in appearance. Furniture pieces are sandblasted & a hard blacksmith finish is applied, making them relatively impervious to weather. Brass panels are hand-machined, finished with a patina process Lisa devised, and an industrial lacquer is applied. All wood used in their work is from reclaimed sources whenever possible.
Colin still accepts fine commissioned metalwork as well.

After 4 years refining their crafts in rural New Jersey, they relocated to the coast of Angus in 2005, where they are renovating a series of stone barns to use as living and workspace. Notably, their work has been shown at the Philadelphia Furniture Show, and won the Gold Award for Craft Exhibitions at their first appearance at the Royal Highland Show, Edinburgh, in 2006.

 
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