A few weeks ago I wrote a post detailing a project I was doing for a customer. I was taking a vase and drilling it to allow for a light kit to be placed within. It was the culmination of a dream I have had for my work that is years in the making. The pics were shot from my phone camera, good enough for the freshness of the moment as I went along. But what began so simply has grown legs and sprouted beams of light! This job has become the genesis of something much larger and now I am crowd funding the production costs for this project to bring this much needed piece of beauty to the market place!
The effort has behind it a wonderful piece of artglass that uses a proprietary process that makes the glass look dimensional, like…well…earth….except this all happens within a layer of glass that is less than 1/16 of an inch thick. This line of work was first made in 2003-4, so in a sense it is a seasoned performer for me in my glass studio business. What’s new is how the glass looks when it lit.
First, the piece shoots a diffuse shaft of light up onto the ceiling. The color of that light is white while the rest of the light radiates through the body of the lamp, turning the light also into a room centerpiece. If you like the feeling of a warm fire at night, this light is just for you! The feelings that have been used to describe this light is “calming,” “centering,” “warm,” and “great for meditation rooms!” It is both artglass and light feature all in one.
To read up on the beginning process you can read the post titled “Getting Lit” HERE.
The large lamp (shown) uses a 60 watt fluorescent bulb, is U.S. electrical code compliant, and is switched on and off from a handy switch on the cord. The cord is 9 feet in length. Every piece is also signed and dated by the artist. The design also makes changing the bulb a snap. I am currently in the process of garnering support from bloggers, friends, and lovers of all things light and glass to help spread the word. Raising money in the way that I am means a community. Ready to change your concept of what community is all about? Is community local? Is an idea local? How do we make an idea one whose time has come? THAT is where you come in, dear reader!
In the days that follow check back here to this post to find new links to the campaign, more pictures, videos, as well as to find out what is in it for you (like glassblowing opportunities, custom made work, a special limited edition Christmas ornament or sun catcher!), there will be a bunch of juicy premiums I will be giving out for those who donate and who want to take this effort to the next level!
The first link is to the preview page for the campaign. As of this writing, it is mostly text, but that will change as videos and pictures are added. See the campaign on Indiegogo HERE. My hope is to spread the word about this project and product and if you are a blogger with an interest in making American Made a priority, or if you love all things artisan or glass, or cool design, this is just the arena for you! Fire up the engines! Calling all believers!
You can also get updates via facebook by “liking” the business page for this campaign HERE!
This is a copy of the campaign poster in its current state….