When we first moved into the Tiny Bungalow, this was our dining room light fixture.
I didn't like it from the moment I laid eyes on it and it was one of the many glaring "errors" in the home. The swooping arms, faux frosted candles and a brushed nickel finish that should have been outlawed back in the 1990's were all wrong for this house. It has since found a home, appropriately, in my sister's ca. 1980 suburban ranch. What I always liked and what always seemed right for the room was a fixture that hung low, like one of Stickley's "shower lights". In most versions, the light fixtures hang from a series of chains, just above the surface of the table, lighting the table surface but not so much the room around it. In traditional Craftsman homes, these artistic fixtures that provided concentrated pools of light, leaving many parts of the room in elusive shadow, was a defining characteristic.
Redington Glass Furnaces while looking online. It was perfect. Jay Redington's studio is a short drive north to Wisconsin and from the selection on his website, it seemed that he could do just about anything I wanted.
I was very curious about how the shades were made and Jay was kind enough to let me come up and see his shop and see his work. It was remarkable. In an unassuming shed of a building, just outside a small town in Wisconsin, he creates all sorts of amazing things. The shelves of art glass lamp shades would make anyone with an Arts & Crafts style home drool. He also makes all sorts of tiles, vases and other household items. He learned his trade by working at a local museum. In addition to the objects he makes, he also is commissioned for restoration projects. Notably, he recently manufactured the glass that was installed at the horizontal mortar joints in Frank Lloyd Wright's Park Inn Hotel in Mason City. There are several videos online so you can see Jay in action.
The glass shades that we chose are the blue trumpet shades. I finished installing the fixture yesterday and the final product looks great. The glass is a favrile glass; an iridescent glass invented by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Jay was great to deal with and if you are in the market for shades like these, I couldn't recommend is work more.