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Colin and Louise Hawkins have been working collaboratively since 1998. Their combined training and experience is extensive and diverse and both have been involved in glassmaking for over 20 years.
Louise graduated in Design at Goldsmiths College London before studying at the International Glass Centre, while Colin trained in Glass at Sunderland University and the Royal College of Art in London. They gained much of their understanding of the medium of glass early in their careers whilst working alongside some of the British Glassmaking industry’s traditional and contemporary artisans.
From their glass-blowing studio at The New Brewery Arts Centre in the
Cotswolds Colin and Louise use a combination of traditional glassblowing
techniques and contemporary craft skills to develop their work which is
held in both public and private collections worldwide. They have worked
on many commissions and exhibit their One-off pieces and Studio ranges
in selected galleries and at their studio where visitors are welcome to
watch the glass being made.
Pewter and Thuya Wood
Maria Santos creates mirrors, boxes, photo frames and decorative panels, using a combination of enamels, veneers, semi-precious stones, or glass.
Some of her commissioned work is for large mirrors with decorative pewter surrounds. No two pieces are exactly alike as no casting or pressing is involved. Each piece has been worked individually from her designs.
Pewter and Silver foil are a relatively new innovation, and its malleability enables quite intricate repousse’ and chase techniques to be used.
Modern pewter contains no lead and is made up of 91% Tin, 1,5% Antimony and 7,5% Copper.
Much of the inspiration for her designs comes from the natural world and the flexibility of the pewter enables her to recreate the beauty of nature in every small detail.
Pewter has an enduring quality and since it does not oxidise, it requires no other care than an occasional dust.
Member of the Association of British Pewter Craftsmen