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Grenadine Red Droplets: 10-Shade Brass Lighting Fixture

Go big or go home!

I’d been dreaming about a larger and more dramatic execution of my recent “cascading” fixtures, yet I wanted a more subtle and elegant colour and texture scheme.

When I thought about what colours and techniques I’ve used that evoke this imagery in me, I arrived at my very favourite Grenadine Red with a three-dimensional technique to delight further with shine and sparkle. See below for links to what I mean.

Grenadine is a sophisticated, learned dance partner. I never seem to get tired of working with her, and I especially love looking at her.

I’ve used Grenadine Red somewhat sparingly throughout this piece as “droplets”, textured points of refraction for light to dazzle you. It’s most intense in the upper shades and becomes less so as each cascades down, with just a hint in the bottom shades. Whispy black streaks provide additional subtle interest and tension. 

I’m delighted with how I adapted this favourite of mine to this art lamp.

25W equivalent LED candelabra bulbs consume merely 3.5 watts each with almost no heat and provide excellent colour rendition.

Solid brass tubular construction of the fixture itself is my design, as with all my lamps.

This piece is for sale.  If this isn’t exactly what you have in mind, I’m happy to design one for you to exceed your expectations!  Please Contact me.

To see more of my use of Grenadine Red, see here:

Wine Country

2 Piece Sculpture on Wrought Iron Base

Rolling Wine Country – Reloaded

Grenadine Transom Window Series

The Architourist: De-stress at this Schomberg glass studio

Link to article on globeandmail.com

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Full Globe and Mail Article Text:

The Architourist
De-stress at this Schomberg glass studio
photos by Dave LeBlanc/The Globe and Mail

Dave LeBlanc
Special to The Globe and Mail
October 6, 2017

In the former home of the village doctor, you’ll find Greg Locke and his Gotham Glassworks barn

It’s tempting to race right on up Highway 27 to get to where you’re going. Maybe you’re on your way to shed stress via golf-ball-whacking at one of the many clubs north of the 407; maybe you pine to drink in the fall colours from the dock before locking up the cottage.

But, should you come upon an exit for Dr. Kay Drive, do promise me you’ll signal, touch the brakes and take it: A stone’s throw away is Schomberg’s pretty little main drag, and there, at 344 Main St., in the former home of Doctor Amos F. Kay, who served as the village doctor and chief coroner for more than half a century, you’ll find Greg Locke.

Mr. Locke can help you de-stress, too. You see, he too was once forced to do his leaf peeping from the car window while parked on the Don Valley Parkway; he too was once was kept up at night by partiers in Trinity Bellwoods Park.

Now, he manufactures a rainbow of calming, crystalline colours and forms in the former hayloft of a small, backyard barn called Gotham Glassworks.

While you’ll need an appointment to get inside, you won’t be disappointed. On display are Mr. Locke’s ropey “saddle lamps,” which he thinks would look great in a “roadhouse restaurant,” and tendril-like, brass pendant fixtures, which range from sleek mid-century modern-inspired confections to organic flower forms. Other kiln creations – his $5000 Cone Art Kiln sits hulking in the corner – include shield-like pieces, delicate curved sculptures and the moody, fused glass panels that trap both soothing waves and explosive tension in their rippling forms.
“I wanted it to be a gallery as well as a studio,” he explains. “I knew there was a studio tour [in the area] and I knew I’d want to have people here.”

And speaking of explosive tension, should you begin to think that Mr. Locke and his wife, Tracy, just moved into the good doctor’s home back in 2006 and effortlessly set up the glass studio in the old horse barn, the affable 6-foot-5 artist will quickly put the kibosh on your reverie: All of this peacefulness came at a cost.

When Mr. Locke first laid eyes on the 30-by-18-foot barn, it had two appendages – a potting shed tacked onto the front, and a chicken coop/pig pen running along one side – that had to come down. After he hacked them away and a fella was paid $800 to haul the debris off-site, the barn’s listing issue had to be addressed. Leaning dramatically to one side by about 16 inches, the couple discussed taking the whole thing down and building new, but the Township of King informed the Lockes that, while their home wasn’t on a flood plain, the barn was, and anything rising in its place would require engineering studies and expensive landscaping that redirected water.

So, it was back to saving the leaning, 90-year-old structure. A call was placed to St. Jacobs, Ont.-based Conestogo Carpenters while Mr. Locke rented a Ditch Witch and spent a week almost throwing out his back to run electrical, gas and computer cables to the future studio.

That’s when he discovered that, in decades past, folks buried the bigger garbage: “Waste concrete, two feet down!” he exclaims. “All the sudden, this massive machine would kick like a horse … I would fall over!”

Finally, after a month (Mennonites march to their own drummer), a company representative phoned to say he was in town and wanted to take some measurements. Then, a month after that, Mr. Locke received sketches and a price quote via fax. The cost? About $26,000, give or take. So, hands shook and papers were signed.

And then the snow fell.

“So when they actually had the roof off – it was kind of cool because you could stand up there and it was like you were on a big ark – we got a massive snowstorm,” Mr. Locke remembers, “and then a few days later it was freezing rain, so there was a half-inch coating of ice all over the floor that I had to scrape up.”

After Conestogo’s new post-and-beam structure had made everything true again, Mr. Locke took on the finishing work, which included muddying himself installing weeping tile and a vapour barrier, adding insulation, drywalling the ground floor (he got professionals to do the second floor studio), doing trim work around windows and floors, flooring, constructing a stair railing and, finally, installing eavestroughs and downspouts.
Materials, he says, brought the final total up to the $40,000 mark.

Once the studio was finished, Mr. Locke was finally able to build his dream: a nine-foot-long workbench using hemlock joists salvaged from the barn. “What I’ve never had is a really big bench that I could walk around, that has power, so I’m not tripping over a Shop-Vac and I can access it at any angle … and I also do the odd course so I can have as many as eight or nine people around the bench.”

About to celebrate his 10th anniversary in the space, Mr. Locke says he has no regrets; in fact, his efforts were rewarded when Gotham Glassworks was given the King Township Heritage Award for adaptive reuse and was also featured during the local Doors Open festival in 2012.

The only challenge, he says, is getting architects and interior designers to take a breath, take the Dr. Kay exit, grab a latte and cookie at the lovely Grackle Coffee Company and knock on his door.

Turquoise + Moss Green: 4-Shade Brass Lighting Fixture

I’m very happy that the images of this wonderful piece below capture the electric delight of the blue turquoise and moss green glass I used.  

My vision is for a cascading array, not unlike a grape vine.

This piece is for sale, but I am pleased to design and make something specific to your design needs.  Please Contact me and I’d be happy to discuss with you.

Passion Red Tulips: 4-Shade Brass Lighting Fixture

Those of you who remember my Passion Red series of decorative platters will enjoy this quite original design, with the same wonderful red glass. 

Though I didn’t design these shades to look like tulips, with this colour (I plan to make more with this shape) I couldn’t help but be inspired to make them look like a bouquet of fresh Spring tulips!

This piece is for sale, but I am pleased to design and make something specific to your design needs.  Please Contact me and I’d be happy to discuss with you.


Marigold + Flame Red: 5-Shade Brass Lighting Fixture

If you’re familiar with my work, no doubt you’ll appreciate my love affair with the Marigold glass I use in this 5-shade lamp.

Partnered with Flame Red and a bit of black streamers to add some “tension”, these bold shades project a fun, bold, playful effect.

This piece is for sale, but I am pleased to design and make something specific to your design needs.  Please Contact me and I’d be happy to discuss with you.

Blues & Greens: 3 Shade Sconce

I’ve had surprisingly good feedback on this piece — the shades are not matched exactly to each other, and I think “eclectic” is the right word to describe this fun, informal piece.  Great colours too!

This piece is for sale, but I am pleased to design and make something specific to your design needs.  Please Contact me and I’d be happy to discuss with you.