Monday, November 30, 2009

28" Poinsettia

Recently, we have been busy laying out a 28" Poinsettia shade. This unusual Tiffany Studios design has an allover pattern of poinsettia plants in full bloom. For more information on the other styles of Tiffany reproduction Poinsettia shade patterns we offer, see our postings from December 8 & 19, 2008.

Considered a holiday plant today, poinsettias are flowering perennial shrubs native to Mexico, where they can grow to ten feet tall in natural settings. According to the University of Illinois "Poinsettia Pages", the plant is named for Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first ambassador to Mexico in the 1820's. Mr. Poinsett found the distinctive plant growing along a roadside and took cuttings back to his South Carolina greenhouse, where he cultivated the plant.

The 28" cone shape provides a generous surface for the plants to blossom across. A portion of the lamp is pictured (above right) showing how we check colors on our light table. A glass easel is used to support the individual pieces of glass that have been cut and fit to the pattern.

Once we are satisfied with our color selections, the individual pieces of glass are wrapped by hand in copper foil. To hold the pieces in place for soldering, the fiberglass form is waxed with a "tacky wax" which we mix at our studio. Irwin is brushing the hot tacky wax onto the form in the photo to the left.

The tacky wax allows us to position the individual pieces of glass in position on the form so the pieces can be soldered together. Below is a photo of Irwin transferring the foiled pieces from the glass easel onto the waxed form. We will show the completed lamp in a future posting.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Holiday Hours

Century Studios will be closed on Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 26th.

Century Studios Holiday Hours
Now through December 23rd:

Tuesday through Friday 10 - 6
Saturday 10 - 4
Sunday Noon - 4
Closed Mondays

Visit our studio/showroom for hand made holiday gifts. We have Christmas ornaments & stained glass window decorations, new pottery and blown glass, lamps and much more!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

18" Moorish Geometric

It is always exciting for us when we add a new piece to our repertoire of reproduction Tiffany lamp offerings. This week we completed a new geometric shade - the 18" Moorish Geometric. Adding this shade took quite a while since we had to have a new lamp form created. The process of creating a form begins by having the shape spun in plaster and then turned into a fiberglass mold on which we can build the shade. This process can take several months to organize and complete.

This Tiffany Studios shade design has a unique look that hearkens back to Louis Comfort Tiffany's earliest styles of interior decoration. Taking inspiration from the onion domes used in the architecture of the Middle East, the 18" Moorish Geometric lampshade makes a distinctive lamp. This shade can be used as a table lamp, or it can be inverted and hung as a pendant chandelier fixture. In the photo above, it is shown on the Doric Column base.

The shade was commissioned by a Midwestern client, and mated with a table base which perfectly accentuates the exotic style of the shade. The client provided a shiny brass perforated lamp base, which was reworked and patinated. The resulting combination of shade and base are a perfect match.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

In Print and In The Classroom

Pick up a copy of the December 2009 issue of Old-Home Interiors Magazine, and you will find a few Century Studios' lamps pictured! We are included in an article about reproduction lighting in this issue of the magazine. We have three lamps pictured and an overview of our work included with several other contemporary lamp and lighting professionals.

As a result of an article about us in a local newspaper, we were asked to give a short presentation to two preschool art classes this past week. To tie in with the theme of many pieces creating a single work of art, we took a small window hanging and showed the children how we start with a drawing, cut glass to fit a shape and explained how we join the pieces together to form the glass picture. The classes then worked with transparent colored papers and made their own "stained glass" windows.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Two Lamp Projects

Last week, each of us worked on separate lamp projects. While Irwin was creating a geometric turban shade for a client in the Chicago area, Bill laid out a new floral shade for our showroom.

The design of the 18" Geometric Moorish Turban harkens back to Louis Comfort Tiffany's earliest inspirations for lighting design. The onion dome shape makes a distinctive table lamp or inverted hanging shade. In the above photograph, Irwin is about half done laying out and fitting the geometric pieces on the form. In the photo to the right, the top row is being put in place.

While Irwin was creating the geometric shade, Bill worked on a 16" Tulip shade for our showroom. We will show the completed shades in a future posting.