From my very beginnings working with stained glass, I nearly always felt that the way to do full justice to the beautiful stuff was to make light pass through it, and very quickly started experimenting with making lamps. Later on when I got my own living space I wanted to start entertaining guests, and do it elegantly, which fancy lighting was high on my list of what that meant to me. After I got to my design stage my next considerations were “what will I do if I am serving up the food and the power goes out, AGAIN!?” and “how can I make the lighting adjustable to any occasion I can think of?”
My solution was, and still is, to make lamps that are triple purpose; lighting bright enough to read and study by, lighting for an evening dinner party, and lighting for a romantic date that was still bright enough to not have to fumble around the table and ruin the mood. And any combination of the above with a pull of a switch. Though my early ones had no themes to them at the time other than fun recycling of old glass insulators, the concept worked well.
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.