Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Closed for the Holidays

Century Studios is closed for the Holidays
We will resume regular business hours
on Tuesday January 5th

Monday, December 21, 2015

2015 Year End

At Century Studios, we are in our 2015 year end home stretch. 

We will be open Tuesday December 22 & Wednesday December 23 from 10 - 5:30. 

We will be closed Thursday December 24th through
Monday January 3.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

New Shade Design: 10" Poinsettia

We are pleased to introduce a new Century Studios original shade design, a 10" Poinsettia. This petite shade was designed by Bill Campbell and shows one complete poinsettia flower. The shade features a variety of red glasses set against lively shots of blue and purple. This shade is shown on the Ruffle base and is now in the collection of a Chicago area client.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Lamp of the Week: 28" Poinsettia

Considered a decorative holiday plant, poinsettias are flowering perennial shrubs native to Mexico, where they can grow to ten feet tall in natural settings. The talented designers at Tiffany Studios created a wide variety of sizes and styles of poinsettia shades.

The 28" Poinsettia shade is the largest poinsettia shade we offer. This generously proportioned shade has a non repeating pattern and is the perfect showcase for a variety of rich red glasses. This naturalistic shade was originally designed as a chandelier cone, but can also be used as a large table lamp or on a Junior Floor base. This example was commissioned in 2009 by a Midwest client.

Century Studios will be open regular business hours now through Wednesday, December 23
we will be closed December 24
January 4
we will resume regular business hours on Tuesday January 5 


Sunday, December 13, 2015

36" Pond Lily, Part 1

At this time of year, are always working to finish up projects for our clients and are looking forward towards the new year. We just completed all of our commissions which were ordered for Christmas, such as the 7" Geometric and the 16" Geometric W/Triangles shades shown on the light table.

Also shown on the light table is the layout for a new shade design for our studio, a 36" Pond Lily shade. When completed, this will be the largest reproduction Tiffany Studios lamp design we offer. By comparison, the 7" Geometric shade is the smallest shade pattern we make.

We have been preparing to create the 36" Pond Lily for close to a year - searching out glasses, having special lamp parts created, and generally discussing the construction and layout for the shade. This is not a design to rush into, as it takes some plotting and planning to help the construction run smoothly.

To bring the pattern alive, a variety of blue, purple, and green glasses were blended together for the water portion of the shade. The combination of smooth and rippled glasses will give the effect of breezes ruffling the surface of the pond. Lily pads and water lilies dot the surface of the shade, and much care was taken to select interesting glasses for the water plants. Once Irwin completed the glass selection for the shade, Bill began the foiling (while Irwin was soldering the geometric shades).

The foiling completed, the form was waxes with our special, house made "tacky wax". This beeswax concoction allows us to hold the foiled pieces of glass onto the form for soldering. Once transferred, the process of soldering the shade was begun, and is continuing at this time! As you can see in the photo below, this is a shade that cannot be completed in a hurry. We will show the rest of the process and completed shade in a future post.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Lamp of the Week: 16" Poinsettia

We made this 16" Poinsettia shade was in 2004 and it is now in a private collection. At Century Studios, we offer five poinsettia shades in sizes ranging from 10" to 28".

Sunday, December 6, 2015

20" Acorn

Large geometric shades are always impressive, and perfectly combine simplicity and detail without the lushness of their floral counterparts. The 20" Acorn shade is a perfect example of how a large shade can be entrancing, yet remain simple and elegant.

Commissioned by a local client, this 20" Acorn is cut from a beautiful deep green mottled glass. The decorative band of yellow acorns playfully accent the green background. The shade is shown on the Budding Urn Pottery base.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Lamp of the Week: 16" Jeweled Feather

The 16" Jeweled Feather is a hybrid Tiffany Studios shade design. While geometric in appearance, it is actually an abstract peacock feather design. The double band of jewels at the top give the shade an unexpected three dimensional quality. Created in warm greens and soft cream with green/amber accents, this shade has a calming quality. This shade can be used with a wide variety of bases and is shown on the elegant Budding Urn Pottery base. This lamp is currently available for purchase in our showroom.