Marbellous ‘Tiffany’ Style Stained Glass Lampshade
The Marbellous lamp was the first design I made when I launched Orchid Stained Glass. It is 50cm diameter and features 500 clear marbles and almost 300 white glass ‘shards’, which were individually foiled as part of the traditional ‘Tiffany’ copper foil method of construction. It has three ‘tiers’ of shards to give a very pleasing, rounded shape to contrast with my ‘trademark’ uneven bottom edge.
The design has a stylish Art Deco feel and I chose the neutral colour to enhance the strong design created by the blacked patina on the solder. The copper around each marble gives a subtle, warm glow when the lamp is lit. It stands on a complementary metal base with antique finish.
I was delighted that this lamp design was selected for a prestigious, juried specialist glass exhibition at Blackwell the Arts & Crafts House in Cumbria, called ‘New Glass – Ancient Skill, Traditional Artform’. Judges for the exhibition included Reino Liefkes, curator of Glass and Ceramics at the V&A Museum, London, and Victoria Scholes, chair of the Contemporary Glass Society.
Shade measurements are 50cm diameter x 22cm deep, and standing on the base the height is 65cm. Other, smaller, sizes and colours are available to order (38cm diameter and 30cm diameter).
Each shade is hand-made to order and takes several weeks to produce. Natural variations in the glass and the traditional artisan processes ensure that every one is unique. A true statement piece that will be the focal point of any room.