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Gothic Sconce Lamps — Gone Brass!

I made these two sets of gothic-inspired stained glass sconce lamps in the late 1990’s, to grace the walls of a heritage loft condominium I lived in on King St. West in Toronto. 

(It’s Name?  Gotham Lofts.  Go figure. )

One set above features “HOT” amber, orange, red and yellow shades (3 lamps per sconce); the other below, “COOL” blue and green (2 lamps per sconce).

At that time, what I spun in creative ability –  to stretch the capabilities of cold-working 2-dimensional glass into these multi-layers orbs – I lacked in prowess to source and assemble complimentary fixtures to accommodate them. 

You can see what I mean in my archived posts on these pieces:

Hot Tri-Shade Sconces
Cool Bi-Shade Sconces

I used modified exterior spot light bases from a hardware store!  Not bad considering what I had to work with.

Now that I’m sourcing a wide variety of traditional and contemporary lamp parts from the US, I’ve produced my own fixtures for these lovely one-of-a kind pieces.   See what I mean below.

These art lamps have been in my personal collection these past twenty years (hard to believe I’ve been making glass art that long!)

I’m offering these pieces now for sale at my studio at the upcoming Studio Tour King on the April 22+ 23 weekend. 

Why?  

Because I made them for a setting that I no longer live in!  For 11 years I’ve been enjoying heritage home life in King Township! I love these lamps and I’d like to see them enjoyed in a setting fitting the one that inspired me to make them. 

It’s time they made statements of their own in a complimentary setting – like a special heritage loft condominium or conversion! 

Could that be you?

Here are some detailed photos of these pieces if you are curious:

Goth Cube Chandelier

SOLD

A stunning and definitely one-of-a-kind stained glass “chandelier”, Greg used the copper foil method to create 4 unique panels making up the “cube”, suspended by its custom steel framework.

This work is suited well for a high-ceiling dining room, foyer or lobby space.

Goth Cube Chandelier measures 11.5″ x 11.5″ x 20.25″ (5.0 feet total height including metal support structure).

Eastern Delight

NOT FOR SALE

This 21″ diameter circular window panel glimmers and dances in the morning sun, with a clear beveled inset to allow for visibility of the gardens behind it.

This is a piece from my personal collection, and here’s why: I made this for my Mother, which she wanted me to have back when she passed away from old age some years ago. She loved looking at this piece in the morning hours, when the sun would shine through her east-facing windows.

The traditional English “Muffle Glass” as it’s called, (the amber colour) sparkled luminously.The beveled clear glass added elegance and transparency. I remember toiling at my then glass store and knowledge source, Glowing Panes Glassworks in Thornhill (northern suburb of Toronto), to bend the 1″ wide zinc border channel to a perfect circle!

So it’s not for sale – sorry. But … I’m happy to make something for you that celebrates the elements of this design’s delight!

Cube Floor Lamp












Be sure to check out “The Making Of …” this work.


(2008)

Simple in overall shape, this cube-like lamp design is all about the glass – the rich, dramatic textured hand-rolled variations in greens, blood-browns, caramels, and white (note the mottled effect in some of the glass – it’s wonderful).  You’ll see that Greg has utilized this form factor before.

Pre-cut glass of this nature is a work of art in itself – it’s almost a shame to work it into another form!  Which is why you’ll notice larger swaths of colour accentuate naturally-forming ebbs and flows of both.  There are no “random” shapes in these panels: colour and texture choices interweave to create a dramatic presentation, celebrating the glass.

The video clip below the slideshow reveals in motion this flow between each panel – delicious!

River Flows Through It

(2001)

Greg made this window panel as the third in the series of gothic church-peaked themed pieces.  It is smaller than the first two, measuring 23 1/2″ x 55 1/2″.

Most notably, it has been selected as a feature branding piece for a King Township community organization for 2009: find out here.

Note post publication:  King WON Communities in Bloom in its category for 2009!  See more here.


Hot Tri-Shade Sconces

(Circa 1998)

This two-sconce set possesses unique stained glass shades, three in each fixture. The fixture bases were custom adapted by Greg to accommodate the lamps. Brilliant and warm hues of red, green, orange, amber offer a bold presence.

Approximately 20″ wide x 12″ high x 15″ deep.

Note:  See the updated versions of these sconce lights here:
Gothic Sconce Lamps — Gone Brass!