For more than 14 years, husband and wife team Natalia and Duncan Broadhead have been creating hand-welded metal sculptures that range from public art to quirky garden decorations, large statement pieces, screens, gates and bespoke pieces for commercial building foyers and grounds.
The pair are perennial favourites at garden shows and their company, Broadcroft Design, currently makes about 200 pieces per year for customers across the country, with consecutive 30% growth over the past few years.
Their background in theatre and television set building industry provided them with the necessary skills for the manufacturing, design and project management aspects of the business.
They are the perfect pairing where form meets function. Natalia is the creative designer while Duncan is the technical drawer who brings the designs to life and guides the structural components into workable plans.
The pieces are made from mostly corten steel which is more commonly used in architectural projects, such as bridges, for to its ability to rust to a certain degree before sealing itself.
Everything is hand made at their Kin Kin property using locally-sourced materials as much as possible.
While they are continually adding to their design range, they also custom make pieces based on customer’s designs and concepts.
Natalia said she was inspired by most things, the simplest of things.
“I love that people are injecting their personality into their gardens,” she said. “That gives me goosebumps.
“Metal is one of the primal elements and we are passionate about metallurgy and the enduring impact a sculptural piece can have on its surrounds.”