From my very beginnings working with stained glass, I experimented with making lamps. Later on when I got my own living space I wanted to start entertaining guests, and do it elegantly, and fancy lighting was high on my list of what that meant to me.
My objective was to make lamps with options of bright enough to read and study by, lighting for an evening dinner party of about six people, and lighting for a romantic date that was still bright enough to not have to fumble around the table and ruin the mood. Though my early ones had no themes to them other than fun recycling of old glass insulators and found objects, and some even had candles protruding from them, the concept worked well enough to keep going with them.
Later on somehow I remembered that famous Art Nouveau era Viennese bronze inkwell of the mermaid and octopus that I’d seen back in a slide show in my art history classes at UMass Amherst, and wanted to see if I could do my own rendition as a stained glass chandelier. It was a successful creation, and gave me confidence to experiment with other sea creatures I could do in glass, which can be found on other pages of this site.
BULBOUS HEADED STYLE
A combination of fused and stained glass techniques. It will fit inside a roughly 5′ spherical space, ideally near a stairwell in a big living room as the customer in the lower photo has.
$21,000. Free shipping in the continental USA, or free delivery and assembly within 400 miles of Portland Oregon.
OBLONG HEADED STYLE
Same size and price, with all the same features as the bulbous headed style above, just a different shaped head.
This was the previous one, its new home in Foothill Ranch CA. At first I thought to do one in grey and white tones was a strange request, but was very happy with the results. It reminds me of those white candles that you see in windows of old New England homes around Christmas time.
Otherwise, I make these chandeliers in red toned and amber toned. Sooner or later I will try a purple toned octopus, which I am saving to celebrate the eighth one. I am also confident that my designs for future ones with screw-less arms will work as hoped.