Saturday, December 31, 2011

Thank You for a Fantastic Year!

In 2011, we introduced 10 new shade designs to our list of available patterns. With the addition of these new patterns, we have increased our shade offerings to over 150 different designs. For more information on each of the patterns shown below, look at our blog entries from the month listed.

January - 20" Windswept Daffodil
April - 20" Acorn
March - 18" Turtleback shade (a variation on the 18" Turtleback shades we have created in the past - we now offer three versions of this shade)
June - 18" Alamander
14" Chestnut - (an original Century Studios' shade design created by Bill Campbell)July - 18" Oak Leaf
20" Daffodil TurbanAugust - 30" Lotus Blossom Chandelier
September - 12" Geometric Turban
November - 22" Chestnut (our version of a Tiffany Studios shade design which does not appear to have been produced, even though a sample panel was made)
We also had a busy year with introducing bases and metalwork. In addition to creating customized chandelier fixtures for several clients, we added several new lamp bases to our line. New bases include the Doric Column Torchiere, the Budding Urn Pottery & Bronze base (created with Ephraim Faience Pottery), and the Lustre Ball Base. We also created our first reproduction floor base; the Bamboo Jr. Floor base.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Century Studios is closed for the Holidays. We will resume regular business hours on Tuesday January 3. Thank you to all our clients and friends for making 2011 a great year!

-Irwin & Bill

Saturday, December 17, 2011

One Week Left!

For the Week Before Christmas

Saturday Dec 17 10 - 4
Sunday Dec 18 12 - 4
Monday Dec 19 CLOSED
Tuesday Dec 20 10 - 6
Wednesday Dec 21 10 - 6
Thursday Dec 22 10 - 6
Friday Dec 23 10 - 6

Century Studios will be closed
Saturday Dec 24 through Monday Jan 2

We will resume regular business hours on Tuesday Jan 3

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Lily Chandelier & Oz Window

This week we completed the 12 Light Lily Chandelier for our showroom. As with the 7 Light Lily Chandelier featured last week, this fixture is created in our studio, finished in a verdigris patina, and can be made at different lengths. On this fixture, we have used two styles of blown glass lily shades - one type is gently fluted, the other is more trumpet shaped. Since the fixture is inspired by a blooming lily plant, we thought it would be nice to have the "blossoms" at different stages of openness on the fixture.

We completed the Oz window for our local client. The completed window was framed in wood to be used a free hanging piece in our client's home.

This is based on the endpapers drawn by John R. Neill for Ozma of Oz, L. Frank Baum's third book in the Oz book series. Bill spent a lot of time painting the details in the figures - painting on glass is achieved by using powdered minerals which are ground into a "paint" and have to be kiln fired onto the surface of the glass. Similar to china painting, the colors are built up gradually, and each piece of glass must be fired multiple times.

Now through December 23
Tuesday through Friday 10 - 6
Saturday 10 - 4
Sunday 12 - 4
Closed Mondays

Monday, December 5, 2011

Lily Chandelier & More

This past week we completed two light fixtures, a chandelier and a small table lamp. Both are available for purchase in our showroom.

The first is a 7 Light Lily Chandelier. Blossoming from a cast bronze basket, each stem rhythmically twists upward and flares out, ending in a blown glass lily. This fixture is created in our studio, finished in a verdigris patina, and can be made at different lengths. We will also be finishing up a 12 Light Lily Chandelier and an 18 Light Lily Chandelier in the next week or so.

Also new to the showroom this week is a lovely 10" Azalea shade. This detailed Tiffany design features azalea flowers in full bloom within a trellis. The flowers play against the green trellis and blended orange/green coloration of the background glass. The 10" Azalea is shown on the Lustre Ball base.

The Lustre Ball Base is a brand new addition to our lamp offerings. This petite lamp base is Century Studios' own interpretation of a rare Tiffany Studios candlestick/lamp base, and is created in our studio. The cast bronze bottom has a feeling of open airiness and sits on 16 feet, while the 16 glass balls surrounding the foot of the base add further dimension to this sculptural casting. The lustre surface of the balls reflects light, and the look is completed with two larger lustre balls incorporated into the stem.
Now through December 23
Tuesday through Friday 10 - 6
Saturday 10 - 4
Sunday 12 - 4
Closed Mondays

Friday, December 2, 2011

Letter Openers

Our reproduction Tiffany Letter Openers make the perfect Holiday Gift! Cast in solid bronze, these "paper knives"are functional and beautiful. Each comes boxed with a description of the pattern. We offer seven styles of letter opener. $95.00 each.

Adam - The Adam pattern takes its inspiration from the neoclassical designs of architect Robert Adam (1728 - 1792). This knife is designed with a single, asymmetrical cutting edge and a decorative rosette at the hilt.
Bookmark - This elegant, slender design features the typographical marks of early printers and publishers from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
Chinese - A highly stylized dragon motif decorates the Chinese letter opener.
9th Century - This knife features a friendly, bushy tailed animal on each side of the handle. The intricate scrolling recalls medieval churches and illuminated manuscripts.
Venetian - The highly decorative patterning on the handle gives this knife an expensive look and feel.
Early Zodiac - The Zodiac motif was Tiffany Studios most popular desk set pattern. The decoration on this knife has an elegant simplicity which suggests Celtic origins.
Zodiac - Due to the popularity of the Zodiac desk set, a more elaborately patterned paper knife was introduced with zodiac symbols on each side.HOLIDAY HOURS
Now through December 23
Tuesday through Friday 10 - 6
Saturday 10 - 4
Sunday 12 - 4
Closed Mondays