Sunday, July 31, 2016

Mermaid lamp

One of Tiffany Studios' most unique lamp designs, the Mermaid w/Nautilus Shell is a highly detailed accent lamp. The cast bronze mermaid rises above a churning ocean carrying the stained glass shell above her head. The gentle light emanating from the shell lights her way as she glides above the waves. Commissioned by a North Carolina client, the shell on this example shifts in color from amber to deep green.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Lamp of the Week: 36" Pond Lily Chandelier

The 36" Pond Lily Chandelier is the largest reproduction Tiffany Studios lamp we create. With its generous size and strong horizontal lines, this shade transports the viewer to the edge of a quiet pond in summer. Water lilies in varying shades of white, pink, and yellow dot the sparkling blue surface of this unusually shaped shade. Tiffany Studios designed this lamp to be a large chandelier fixture. This shade is currently available for purchase in our showroom.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Studio Hours

Century Studios will be closed Thursday July 21 through Monday July 25. We will resume regular business hours on Tuesday July 26.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

10" Turtleback

At Century Studios, we create turtleback shades in many shapes and sizes. These simple geometric shades are given star treatment with the addition of hand cut and chipped turtleback tiles. Commissioned by a local client, this 10" Turtleback shade has a burning ember orange/amber background. The three dimensional turtleback band is made from a set of unusual translucent amber tiles which have an ethereal, smokey quality. The shade is shown on the Ruffle base.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Lamp of the Week: 20" Arrowhead

With a pattern that is both representational and stylized, the 20" Arrowhead shade has a distinct arts and crafts appeal. The arrowhead plant is found in shallow wetlands, which places this design firmly in the water plant group of Tiffany Studios shade designs. The distinctive leaves for which the plant is named reach toward the top of the shade. Delicate white flowers populate the spaces between the leaves. The decorative borders at the bottom of the shade reinforce the arts and crafts motif. This example was commissioned in 2005 by an out of state client. The pottery base was custom made for this shade by Ephraim Pottery.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Geometric Lamps

We have been busy working on multiple projects at the same time. Irwin cut five geometric shades and we are working on these as well as a large floral shade. The first of the small geometric lamps to be completed is a 7" Jeweled Geometric shade on a Piano Lamp Base. Our client in Oregon requested a blue shade for this accent lamp. We pressed the three dimensional glass jewels used in the shade.

The 7" shade can be seen along side some of the other geometric shades waiting for completion. The blank spaces on the domes will be filled in with either decorative acorn bands or turtleback tiles.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Lamp of the Week: 14" Geranium

Brightly colored and requiring little care, geraniums are the flower of choice for summer pots, planters and porches. The 14" Geranium is a compact shade that celebrates this ubiquitous flower, elevating it to star status. This example, created for a local client in 2013, has a bright personality. The cheerful red flowers pop against the sunny yellow background. A wide variety of mottled and rippled green glasses with an undercurrent of red are used for the distinctive foliage.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

22" Dragonfly

With its generous proportions, irregular lower edge, jewel encrusted surface, and filigreed dragonfly wings, the 22" Dragonfly shade has all the bells and whistles one could wish for in a stained glass shade. The shade is shown on the impressive Perforated base. Created as a piece for our showroom, this lamp is currently available for purchase from our studio.

The background is cut from an unusual silver-yellow ripple glass. When silver is used as a glass colorant, the result is a warm, amber yellow hue. We acquired the glass for this shade several years ago and have been saving it until we had time to create this shade. The dragonfly wings are also cut from a silver-yellow that has a touch of gold pink added to intensify the color.

We had the dragonfly jewels pressed specifically for this shade. The lightly colored jewels have a gold lustre surface that blends with the background glass. The finished jewels have a butterscotch hard candy look that is unique.

In the photo below, Irwin can be seen transferring the foiled pieces onto the waxed form in preparation for soldering. Large shades get extra reinforcing to ensure the long term stability of the shade. A thick half round copper wire is used to finish the lower edge of the shade, adding stability and giving the bottom of the shade a proper finished edge.