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Companion Porcelain Lights
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Companion Porcelain Lights, made to extend the day and lend intimacy to spaces, is my project for Workshop Residency. The one of a kind lights are made by wrapping thin slabs of translucent porcelain around a form. I plan to simplify the hanging hoop where the socket set connects to the porcelain shade. I have assembled a hardware kit of parts to initiate collaboration with a local lighting manufacturer. The kit draws upon a set of conceptual ideas and vocabularies discovered during my Spring residency at Anderson Ranch. The parts, other than the porcelain shares, include cast porcelain bases, LED's, cords, switches, plugs, stainless cables and grippers from modern architectural lighting products.
I bring design thinking and all matter of ceramic expertise to my residency; wheelwork, slip casting, clay body and glaze formulation, firing and manufacturing expertise. My first pendant lamps was made in 2006. A twist distorts the cylindrical form and electricity accentuates the sensuous lines drawn in black cobalt stain. It hangs from the ceiling of my bedroom. The next cylindrical form supported by metal rods pushed through a cardboard ring made a table lamp incapable of UL certification.
Here are my goals for the residency. Design and prototype an alternate hanging system for the porcelain shade in collaboration with a manufacturer of lights. Qualify the lights for UL approval.
Produce porcelain shades in series with patterns, textures or linear geometry. Set in motion the conceptual vocabularies for in one of a kind lights or custom orders for multiples. I can either teach a local ceramic manufacturer how to make the basic porcelain shades for exclusive sale at the Workshop or continue to produce that element of the product in my studio.
Explore past the challenge of hardware fittings to develop touch switches, piezoelectrical sensors integrated on the porcelain surface, or screen print glow in the dark glazes.
Research with an electrical or materials engineer printing of LED phosphors directly onto the interior porcelain surface for surface illuminating light fixture.
The following images show variations on the Companion Light Series. The focus of the month long residency will be to refine the porcelain pendants and one of a kind chandeliers.
Pendant Lamps Materials:
Color Cord Company, Ultra 1234 Custom Cone 6 Porcelain, laser cut disc for support of bulb, buttons, nylon cord
Color Cord Company, Silicon Socket Cap, Ultra 1234 Custom Cone 6 Porcelain, grippers, stainless cable, ceiling plate