At five feet tall, this lamp stands out in a room and functions as a sculptural night light and/or task lamp.
This floor lamp is based on the lines of a seahorse. The lamp’s body is sections of hammered sheet, shaped and oxy-fuel welded together.
The stained glass diffuser is custom for this piece. Do you really want to know the process for making this custom piece of glass? If not, don't hesitate to skip to the next paragraph!... I formed metal into the shape I wanted the stained glass to be. I pressed clay over the metal form, letting the clay dry. I took the clay form to Feats of Clay to be bisque fired, then I patronized Armadillo Clay for the glass slumping. A sheet of stained glass was placed over the clay form in a kiln where it was heated and slumped.
I can’t tell you which came first, the chicken or the egg -- but I can tell you that the lamp’s cradle was built AFTER the glass was slumped, custom-fitted against the glass for a secure fit.
I started on this lamp in July and now it’s November. I wanted to get it done in time for the Travis Heights Art Trail 2010. There are a couple of little tweaky things I’ll continue to do to refine this guy, but I’m pleased he’s ready enough to make an appearance at the show!
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