Sunday, January 10, 2016

New Year, New Ideas

When we moved into our house, this 80's style "Hollywood" light fixture, was on the CEILING over the bar in our kitchen! It looked quite silly and out of place. Since our renovations are being done on a shoestring, I had Jeff move the fixture to the main bath. It had a fluorescent light strip that was no longer working. It's not a light I would pick out, it will have to do for now.

In the kitchen, he hung track lighting that we had bought for the kitchen in the log cabin. It was a big improvement.

Of course one thing always leads to another. Once the track light was up, we started talking about pendant lights. Jeff knew right away he could make shades from porcelain.

Here is his first prototype:

On the next round he plans to have the carving consistently thinner, so that it is more translucent from top to bottom. This style pendant can hang from our track. We will just remove the small spot lights, and hang three pendants. Ideally, I would like them hard wired individually, but this works for us right now, and it's affordable.
These would look great glazed in celadon, but that might clash with our aqua wall. I think we might stick with the white.

Jeff's plan is to add these shades to his line of work and be ready to offer them at the League of NH Craftsmen's Fair in August. It won't be long before we will be doing the home show circuit with vessel sinks and lighting, and foregoing the craft shows!


  1. How is the top attached to the fixture?

  2. WOW! They would look great in a bathroom too. Now Jeff needs to do a tub and there you go!
    P.S. Love the light they cast!

  3. beautiful and good idea to go to home shows with your fixtures. Do you make table lamps too, I've been thinking about those. Ceramic has so many uses.

  4. Nice. I've been noticing quite a lot of ceramic lighting. Way to use the existing fixture and make it special with the hand made shade.


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