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 very successful, and enough to experiment with what other sea creatures I could do as glass art too.