This handmade ceramic lamp is part of our Manhattan range, so called because the coloured geometric shapes remind us a lot of the artist Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie series of paintings he made when he lived in the USA. It has a 50s retro feel to it and the slight twist we give to the porcelain base of every handmade ceramic lamp adds to the design quality.
Each lamp we make is unique and always different in some way from the others – and we vary the geometric shapes and colours – but we always keep the overall shape and twist. Each piece you buy is a true “one off”, but all will contain the same hand painted colours with slight variations of brushstroke and hue. We do not include lamp shades because we have found our customers have such individual tastes, they prefer to choose them for themselves.
How we make a ceramic lamp
The clay is flattened out on a slab roller and left overnight to go leather hard. Then it takes two people to construct it, one for holding the planes in place the other to apply the slip we use to join the edges. After the surface of the base is smoothed out and we are happy with the shape, the lamp is left for about three days to dry and then bisque fired.
The colours we use
When it has cooled down the oxides are painted on, and the glaze is finally poured over the surfaces before it is once more placed in the kiln for the final firing at about 1270 degrees. The Manhattan range uses oxides such as Tin with Chrome, Cobalt Blue with Red Iron Oxide, Cobalt with Nickel, Chromium Oxide Potash with Tin Oxide, and stains such as Turquoise, Cornflower and Bramley Green, to achieve its distinctive colours. A truly handmade ceramic lamp.
We make our lamps in three sizes, but this one measures 33 cms x 18 cms at the base.
Please note that while we have made every effort to represent the colours of our lamps accurately there could be some slight variations between the colours in the photograph and those on the lamps.