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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:

Lighting Showcase!

If you’ve been watching my Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and indeed, my previous posts on this blog, (see left sidebar for all the links!) you’ll have figured out that I’m specializing in some very exciting lighting concepts!  And … I’m targeting Toronto’s diverse and rich restaurant industry.

Here’s what I mean, with more to follow below:
 

 

I’ve been doing lighting applications – both stained glass and fused –  for some time now.  In fact I have a category on this blog for my fused glass lighting works and another for my stained glass lighting works.  You may enjoy a look at how my style has evolved over the last 20 years. Continue reading Lighting Showcase!

Fused Glass Art Lamps – Custom Made to Delight

I’ve made custom lighting over the 20 years I’ve been doing glass art (if you dig into my blog post history you’ll see several examples).

After talking with past, present and prospective customers, not to mention visiting various design trade shows and reading all the trade magazines you likely do, I realized that I can do better than much of what I was seeing!

But … I needed a supplier of not only the electrical hardware components to produce a complete product offering:  I also needed a local metal supplier who can manufacture bent steel rods and associated fittings to my design.

I now have both!  And am I ever excited.

This 4-fixture “chandelier” is but a mere prototype. Continue reading Fused Glass Art Lamps – Custom Made to Delight

Studio Update! Fused Art Glass Pendant Lighting – New at Gotham Glassworks

Getting ready to launch my pre-made and custom-order fused art glass pendant lighting for this Spring’s King Studio Tour (April 23-24. See here for more info).

I’ve sourced the trendy hardware myself so I can offer you a unique,  complete product for your kitchen, bathroom, condo or any area requiring task or accent lighting.

My designs are statement pieces – a real step-up from what you see in (ho hum!) major retailers.  Check out these sample photos below.

See you at the show! Continue reading Studio Update! Fused Art Glass Pendant Lighting – New at Gotham Glassworks

Funky Pendant Lights!

Clear fused glass with black accents and whimsical kiln carving, “draped” over a mold.

I made this unique pendant light set specifically for display and sale at my PRAXIS Gallery show in Toronto’s Queen St. West arts district (running through to December 31, 2011).

One fixture has a chrome finish; the other, in antique brass. I like the eclectic nature of this effect: both fixtures are nearly identical, but not quite; the same goes for the fused glass shades themselves – both are different, and you must see them up close to tell!

You can merely drive by PRAXIS Gallery at 1614 Queen St. West (in Parkdale at Sorauren), day or night, and see them for yourself. (Click here for map to gallery).

Below is a slideshow of the set. You’ll see one photo shows a reproduction “Edison”-type light bulb used instead of a standard clear bulb – looks even better!

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!