Thursday, June 30, 2016
Faerie Magazine. Faerie Magazine is a quarterly print publication that celebrates enchantment and real life fairy tales. The three page color spread has a short article about Century Studios which is illustrated with a number of stained glass windows and a lamp. Subscriptions and back issues of the magazine are available at www.faeriemag.com.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Bill Campbell took on the challenge of selecting the layout for this shade, a process that began with choosing background glass that would support the flower colors. In the end, Bill carefully blended five different glasses together to create an impressionistic backdrop for the flower colors. Once the background was in place, flowers were added individually to the layout.
The completed layout was put together on the light table to give the colors a final check before the process wrapping the edge of each individual piece of glass in a thin copper foil. Irwin then transferred the foiled pieces onto the wax covered form and soldered the shade together.
The completed 22" Dogwood from above. This design has an unusual configuration of border rows at the top of the shade. The glass for the borders was carefully chosen to enhance the colors of the finished shade.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
20" Daffodil Turban. On this design, flowers in full bloom are held in check by a number of horizontal border rows. In this shade, the lively yellow blooms play against the green leaves and blue background. The shade is shown on the Twisted Vine base. This shade is currently available for purchase from our showroom.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
18" Cobweb shade is an unusual Tiffany Studios lamp design. The shade features six cobwebs hung among the branches of a flowering apple tree. The upper portion of the shade is covered in tight buds and open blossoms, while the lower portion showcases the intricate cobwebs. Sculpted metal branches define the lower edge of the shade, which is faceted with flat areas for the cobwebs.
The deep blue sky blends down to multicolored glass in the tree/cobweb portion of the shade. One of the webs hides a spider, waiting patiently for an insect to drop by. This shade, shown on the 7 Handled Pottery base, was commissioned by a North Carolina client.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
28" Wisteria makes an impressive chandelier fixture or large floor lamp. Created in 2007 as a showroom piece, this shade has blue, lavender and white blossoms intermingled with fresh green foliage. The irregular lower border and lobed shape of the lamp creates a naturalistic look to the shade. This piece is in a local collection.
Sunday, June 12, 2016
12" Geometric shade was made from a warm light amber/yellow glass. The shade is shown on the Mushroom base.
The second piece for this client is a Chain Mail Lantern. This fixture was made in an orange/amber tone.
We also completed a 12" Brickwork Geometric for a client in Las Vegas. This shade is done in red tones which compliment the gold lustre Lundberg blown glass lamp base.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
7" Violet shade is one of the smallest stained glass shades we create. Designed by Bill Campbell in 2006, the flowers on this original shade design are rendered life sized. The scale of the shade is perfectly matched with the Petite Lily Pad lamp base. The individual pieces of glass in this shade are often no larger than chips - especially the flower centers. The shade shown has a variety of purple flowers and green foliage set against a pale background. We have created several violet shades, but this first example remains in our private collection.
Sunday, June 5, 2016
The 14" Crocus is an unusual Tiffany Studios lamp design featuring naturalistic flowers in a stylized composition. The pattern has four repeats, which gives a traditional feel to the composition. Commissioned by a client in Massachusetts, the shade has pink and purple flowers against a light, airy background. The teal lower border provides the shade an underline of additional color. The shade is shown on the Swamp Flower base.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
The photo below shows our downtown Minneapolis studio circa 1989. The photo at the top of the post shows our St. Paul location.