From their glass-blowing studio at The New Brewery Arts Centre in the Cotswolds Colin and Louise Hawkins use a combination of traditional glassblowing techniques and contemporary craftsmanship to create their handblown glass. Their work is inspired by the qualities of glass itself and the forms and rhythms of nature.
Partners in life and work, Colin and Louise have been working collaboratively since 1998. Their combined training and experience is extensive and diverse, both have been involved in glass making 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.
They have worked on many commissions and exhibit their One-off pieces and Studio ranges in selected galleries as well as at their studio where visitors are welcome to visit and watch the glass being made.
“Each unique piece of our sand carved glass is handblown and therefore no two pieces are ever the same. Inspired by nature, the artwork is hand drawn specifically to fit each piece.
The surface pattern is achieved by applying the hand drawn and cut stencil to the glass surface, the surrounding coloured glass is then etched away by sand- carving. The stencil is then removed to reveal the finished piece.”