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.
These featured recent octopus chandeliers are a combination of fused and stained glass techniques. One will fit inside a roughly 5′ spherical space, ideally near a stairwell in a big living room as the customer in the photo below has. Notice the earlier design with the curled ends and candle votive lights.
RED TONED OCTOPUS CHANDELIER
$21,000. In stock. Free shipping in the continental USA, or free delivery and assembly within 400 miles of Portland Oregon.
Below is 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 also make these chandeliers in amber toned. But soon a new, purple toned one will soon be featured. ETA winter 2022. See photos below as it progresses.
Progress, week 1. parts of head/body just fired in the kiln (with a replacement damselfly wing tagging along.)