Sunday, April 30, 2017

18 Light Lily Lamp

At Century Studios, we create a full spectrum of Lily Lamps that include table lamps, floor lamps chandeliers, ceiling fixtures, and wall sconces. These unique lamps are created using a combination of cast bronze parts, hand bent tubing, and mouth blown lily shades. We recently completed an 18 Light Lily Table Lamp for a client in Paris, France.

Bronze parts for these unique lamps are created by the lost wax casting method. Using molds taken from original Tiffany examples, a wax part is molded and then finished by hand. The waxes are taken to our local bronze foundry where they are encased in a mold material which hardens and is then baked to melt the wax out. Molten bronze is then poured into the hot mold and, once it has cooled, the mold is broken away and the raw bronze casting is revealed. After more hand chasing (cleaning), the bronze parts are ready for drilling and tapping to be screwed together and assembled into a finished lamp.

For each lily stem, tubing is hand bent to a specific shape. The stems are positioned and attached to a plate in the configuration specific for each style of lily lamp. The individual parts of the lamp are then given a Tiffany verdigris patina and once assembled and wired, the completed lamps is ready for display.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Lamp of the Week: 22" Nasturtium

Nasturtium flowers are often referred to as the jester of the garden, a moniker that comes from the fact that the word nasturtium literally means "nose twister" or "nose tweaker". These brightly colored ornamental plants are edible, and the flowers and leaves will add a peppery taste to salads and stir fry. The generously proportioned turban shape of the 22" Nasturtium shade provides an expansive canvas for these trailing plants to dance across in cheerful abandon. Saucer shaped leaves co-mingle with a multitude of the distinctly shaped flowers. Commissioned by an East Coast client in 2012, this colorful example was created by skillfully blending together ring mottled, streaky, granite textured, and rippled glasses. The shade is shown on the appropriately named Bird Skeleton base.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

16" Snowball

Often mistakenly called a Hydrangea, this 16" shade takes its inspiration from the Snowball Viburnum. While the Hydrangea has a conical shaped flower, Snowballs have round flower heads that are lime green when they first open and change to white as the flowers mature.

The 16" Snowball shade is covered in flower clusters and has an irregular lower edge, giving the piece a naturalistic look. Heavily ring mottled glass was used throughout this shade to add fullness to the design.  This lamp was commissioned by a client in Illinois and is mated with the unusual Six Light Lily Pad base. Six "stems" ascend from the cast bronze base upward into the shade, each ending in a light. Due to the depth shade, the lights are positioned at two levels within the lamp.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Lamp of the Week: 14" Geometric w/Balls

One of the reasons no one can say exactly how many lamp patterns were produced by Tiffany Studios is because the creative minds at the Studios were always looking for new and interesting variations for their shades. This 14" Geometric w/Balls is an example of how a plain geometric shade is transformed by the addition of a row of three dimensional lustre glass balls. The hand made balls are held in place individually in a oversized jeweler's-style mount, allowing each translucent ball to pick up the light from inside the shade. Shown on the Shell Urn base, the shade was created in 2008 as a showroom piece and is now in a private collection.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Lamp of the Week: 28" Easter Lily

The 28" Easter Lily shade is a Century Studios original shade design which was conceived by Bill Campbell. To bring this highly detailed pattern to life, every type of art glass was employed, including streaky, ring mottle, rippled, fibroid, drapery, and fracture/streamer. The glasses were painstakingly chosen and the colors blended to create an impressionistic view of a garden of lilies in full bloom. This stunning shade was commissioned in 2016 by a client in Illinois and is in their private collection.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

22" Turtleback

We recently completed a 22" Turtleback shade for a client in Colorado. To create the band of three dimensional tiles, we used an unusual set of amber turtlebacks that have hints of green throughout. The geometric background was cut from an amber glass with hints of red, which gives the shade a warm, woody look. The shade, shown on the Perforated base, is being installed as an inverted chandelier in the client's home.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Lamp of the Week: 18" Tyler

Commissioned by a New Jersey client in 2014, this 18" Tyler shade has an inviting personality. The playful amber and green scrolling ribbon breaks up the green geometric background, which is deeper at the top and lightens on the lower portion of the shade. Warm amber is used at the bottom of the design for balance. The shade is shown on the classic Decorated Trumpet base.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

1000th Shade

When we opened our studio on June 1, 1986, we began keeping records of all the shades we have created. This past week, we completed our 1000th shade - a 16" Woodbine. This pattern has a geometric background that emulates a fence or trellis shape while the colorful woodbine leaves (also known as Virginia Creeper) clustered on the lower half of the shade.

Woodbine shades are the perfect canvas for showcasing unusually colorful glass, and this shade takes full advantage of the opportunity to employ impressionistic coloration. Beginning at the top with a heavily mottled, multicolored background glass that shifts from lush amber tinted with red, pink, and green, the background color switches to a fiery red at the bottom. Emboldened by the striking color shift in the background, the leaf clusters are a wild mix of colors inspired by the plant itself which dramatically turns from green to red as cooler temperatures nip the air in the autumn.

This 16" Woodbine was created as a showroom piece and is shown on the Leaf & Bud w/Collar Pottery Base. It is available for purchase in our showroom.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Window of the Week: Hylas and the Water Nymphs

Commissioned in 2001 by a local client, Hylas and the Nymphs is inspired by the 1896 painting by John William Waterhouse. The painterly color effects of shadow and light in this highly detailed window were achieved by using two and three layers of glass. The figures were hand painted by Bill Campbell using powdered minerals which were then kiln fired onto the surface of the glass. This 3' x 5' window is one of the most complex windows we have created at our studio.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

18" Oriental Poppy

The 18" Oriental Poppy is an intricately detailed Tiffany Studios lamp design. Showy poppies in full bloom spill over the decorative border rows. For this shade, the flowers are rendered in striking reds with purple flower centers. The leaves are a mix of verdant greens mixed with red, orange, and blue highlights. Intermingling fracture, streaky, and ring mottled glass produce a sun dappled effect. The top of the shade shows beautiful blue sky peaking through the flowers. Commissioned by a client in California, the shade is shown on the Seven Handled Pottery base.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Lamp of the Week: 14" Tulip

This 14" Tulip is a small shade with a large personality. The lively flowers and vivid leaves dance merrily across a field of multicolored blues in a burst of springtime merriment. The shade, shown on the Mushroom base, was created as a showroom piece in 2013 and is now in a private collection.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Lamps in Production

As often happens, we are busy working on several projects at once in the studio. The first is a 14" Dragonfly shade in tones of yellow green shading to vivid blue. This lamp have been cut and fit and is shown on the light table.

Bill was busy over the weekend soldering the inside of an 18" Oriental Poppy shade that will be heading to California next week.

An exuberantly colored 16" Woodbine shade is also cut and fit and ready for foiling. We will show the completed shades in upcoming posts.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Lamp of the Week: 15" Spider

The 15" Spider shade is one of Tiffany Studios creepiest shade patterns. The three dimensional cast bronze spider rests atop its stained glass web, waiting to attract curious onlookers. This example, commissioned in 2009 by a California client, shades from blue at the top to lavender/purple for the lower half of the shade. The shade is shown on the Mushroom base.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Triplets & Twins

We have received several commissions for multiple matching lamps. On February 19, we showed a pair of matching Acorn lamps. We recently completed a trio of matching Turtleback Hanging Lanterns for a client in Oregon and a pair of 7" Geometric shades for a local client. The lantern trio will be installed as pendant fixtures in a remodeled kitchen. The pair of small shades will be used on an original Tiffany Studios double student lamp base.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Lamp of the Week: 16" Banded Daffodil

The 16" Banded Daffodil is a lively pattern, with masses of daffodils in full bloom intermingling across the surface of the shade. The exuberance of the flowers is accentuated by the two border rows which give structure to the design. This example, created in 2014 for a North Carolina client, uses fracture glass in the background and heavily mottled glass for the flowers and leaves. The shade is shown on the Cereus base.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

18" Poinsettia

Commissioned by a client in Massachusetts, this boldly colored 18" Poinsettia shade features red flowers against a vivid blue background. The shade is shown on the 7 Handled Pottery base.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Lamp of the Week: 28" Clematis

The 28" Clematis is a melange of flowers and leaves that realistically represents the intricately tangled appearance of this showy plant. The thin stems are realistically represented by lead lines throughout the design.  To create this shade, we many many unique glasses by Lins, Schlitz, Uroborus, Youghiogheny, and even our own Century Studios hand rolled sheet glass. The resulting shade has an explosion of colors ranging from light to dark. This shade was created as a showroom piece in 2015 and is now in a private collection, installed as an inverted chandelier fixture.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

16" Dogwood

This light and airy 16" Dogwood shade reminds us that spring is just around the corner. The design is covered with mature blossoms and leaves against an open sky. The light coloration was achieved by skillfully blending off white ring mottled and fracture/streamer glass for the flowers. The flower petals are tinged with yellow, green and pink.

The transparent blue sky is created from an unusual fracture/streamer glass with a hammered texture that was created by Schlitz Studios. The leaves are also cut from several lively green Schlitz fracture/streamer glasses. Schlitz Studios went out of business in the mid 1990's and the glass they produced is highly sought after by stained glass artists and enthusiasts. The purple rippled borders at the top and bottom of the shade lend additional color and texture to the piece.

The shade has been created as a studio piece and is shown on the Greek Urn base. This lamp is currently available for purchase from our showroom.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Window of the Week: Peacock on Balustrade

Peacocks were a constant inspiration for Tiffany Studios and appeared in numerous windows, mosaics, and lamp patterns. In 2012, we created this highly detailed Peacock on Balustrade window as a showroom piece. A proud peacock rests on a balustrade overlooking a bay. Wisteria and colorful foliage frame the view. The tail of the peacock is made from lustre glass, so the piece shimmers at night when the light is reflected off the surface of the window. This colorful window is approximately 40" tall and is now in a private local collection.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

A Matched Pair

This matching pair of 12" Acorn shades was commissioned by a client in Portland, Oregon. The color shifts from white at the top to golden amber at the bottom of each shade. The matching Tobacco Leaf bases perfectly compliment the compact scale of the shades.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Lamp of the Week: 16" Poppy

The 16" Poppy is one of the most popular Tiffany shade patterns. The elegant flowers are tastefully presented on a cone shape, and the addition of filigrees in the leaves and flower centers give an added dimension to the shade. This example, created in 2013 for a client in San Francisco, has a vibrant color palette that is warm and inviting. The richly color flowers are set against an amber background, while the green leaves have hints of red throughout. The shade is shown on the tall Grooved base.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

3 Light Classic Lily Lamp

This 3 Light Classic Lily Lamp was commissioned by a client in Hong Kong.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Lamp of the Week: 16" Geranium

Geraniums are the ubiquitous flowers which give a splash of color to gardens, porches, and window boxes. For this 16" shade, a smokey blue & green background sets off the dappled green leaves and cheerful red flowers. The rippled glass used in the borders gives a textural accent to the shade. The shade is shown on the distinctive Greek Urn base. We created this lamp in 2012 as a showroom piece and it is now in a private collection.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

18" Geometric Brickwork

At Century Studios, we create geometric shades in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors. New to our offerings is this 18" Geometric Brickwork shade. The shade is created from a deep green glass that is lively without being overpowering. The shade is shown on the elegant Library base. This shade is currently available for purchase in our showroom.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Lamp of the Week: 18" Grape

With its lush foliage and fully ripened grapes, the 18" Grape is one of Tiffany Studios' most successful lamp designs. The shade begins with a cast bronze crown of open branches at the top and cascades down to a realistic irregular lower edge. Commissioned in 2015 by a client in Vermont, the shade is a lively mix of color and texture. 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

28" Lemon Tree

The 28" Lemon Tree with Birds is a Century Studios original shade design that we added to our lamp offerings in 2007. Designed by Bill Campbell, the complex shade takes its inspiration from a Tiffany Studios pictorial wall mosaic.

Groupings of blue and yellow birds nestle among tree branches laden with ripening fruit. Bill selected a tropical color palette for this impressive shade, with a strong emphasis on yellow, green, and turquoise. The rich browns of the intertwining tree branches play against the other colors in the shade. Ring mottled, rippled, and streaky glasses blend harmoniously together to create a lamp that has interest close up and from afar.

This example was commissioned by a client in Pennsylvania as a Christmas gift. The shade was completed in time for Christmas and has been installed as a chandelier fixture.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Lamp of the Week: 20" Jonauil Daffodil

Tiffany Studios created lamps with daffodil motifs in many sizes and shapes. The 20" Jonquil Daffodil shade is the only design to showcase two varieties of daffodil within the same pattern. Commissioned in 2013 by a New York client, this example has a sunny color pallette of delicate yellows and light greens. A pale blue sky peaks about the foliage, giving this complicated pattern a light, airy feel. The shade is shown on the Decorated Library base.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

12" Geometric Turban

Commissioned by a local client, this 12" Geometric Turban shade was created from a sheet of multicolored art glass. The base was provided by the client.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Lamp of the Week: 28" Magnolia

One of the most recognizable and formidable Tiffany Studios shade designs is the 28" Magnolia. This generously proportioned shade can be used as a chandelier fixture or on a Senior Floor Base. Created in 2013 for a client in California, this shade has the feeling of a warm, sunny afternoon. The glass is  a joyful mix of light amber, pink, and white which is enlivened by the rich chocolate brown used for the branches and verdant green budding leaves that dot the surface of the shade. The extensive use of drapery glass in the flowers gives the shade a striking, three dimensional presence.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

10" Japanese Crests

In December, we completed a new shade design for a local client. The 10" Japanese Crests shade uses stylized motifs for the background, with ten different Japanese family crests, or Kamon, placed around the shade. Each symbol was hand painted and kiln fired. The crests indicate a family's lineage and status from ancient times. The shade is shown on an antique base belonging to the client.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Studio Hours

Century Studios will be closed Thursday January 12 through Monday January 16. We will resume regular business hours on Tuesday January 17.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

14" Arrowhead

Tiffany Studios produced a wide variety of lamps with pond and water plant themes. The 14" Arrowhead shade is inspired by the arrowhead plant (Syngonium podophyllum), a plant that grows beside ponds and marshes. The distinctive shape of the leaves gives the plant its name, and this popular landscape specimen is often found near water features on golf courses. For years, this shade has been mislabeled "arrowroot", but the original Tiffany price lists correctly identify this shade as #1418 14 in. Arrowhead Tall Cone (see Tiffany Lamps and Metalware, 2006 by Alaistar Duncan).

Commissioned by a client in Columbus, Ohio, the shade was created in subtle variations of green and white. The calming effect of this blended coloration is enlivened by the white flowers with yellow centers. The shade is shown on the bulbous Shell Urn base. The squat body of the base is supported by the three feet which lighten the look of the base.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Lamp of the Week: Calamondin Orange Tree

The 18" Calamondin Orange Tree lamp is a Century Studios original design. Calamondin Orange plants blossom and bear fruit simultaneously, lending inspiration for this colorful shade. With just under 2050 individual pieces, the shade features a wealth of detail and is the most elaborate lamp we offer. Sprightly white blossoms and ripe fruit intermingle with lush green foliage against a golden background tinged with blue and green. Mounted on the sturdy Tree Trunk base, the shade begins with its crown of cast bronze intertwining branches at the top, the shade cascades downward to its irregular lower edge. Created in 2014, the lamp shown resides in a Chicago area collection.