Absolute belief is at the heart of LoCo Glass’ success. A belief in creating the very best of British studio glass, a belief in keeping the craft of glassmaking alive and relevant for modern consumers and a belief that in everything we do, above all it must have integrity and ultimately delight both client and glass maker.
The duo behind Cotswold-based LoCo Glass, Louise and Colin Hawkins, have enviable glass making credentials. 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. What sets the pair apart is not so much their formal training, stunning as it is, but a true appreciation of glass, its foibles and follies. Louise and Colin gained this innate understanding early in their careers when working alongside some of the last glass making ‘gaffers’, traditional artisans who practised their art when the British glass making industry was at its pinnacle. Now modern-day gaffers in their own right, the pair have been joined by a team committed to creating the very best studio glass to represent their industry in the UK and further afield.
Resident at The New Brewery Arts Centre in the thriving Cotswold town of Cirencester, LoCo Glass’ founding principle in 1998 was to provide a studio that demonstrated the art of glass-making, an art that was all but disappearing at the time. Those principles remain and the public are encouraged to come into the studio to see our glass-makers in action.