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Friday, December 6, 2013

An Oz Lamp

Quite some time ago - about 2 1/2 years in fact -  I blogged about the idea of combining a Tiffany Studios' Poppy lamp design with W. W. Denslow's characters from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. I've always found the design of the flowers on the lamp pattern to be very reminiscent of Denslow's illustrations in the book. I've done it at long last, and here's the result.

The idea was to keep the characters on one side of the lamp, so it could be enjoyed as either a Tiffany Poppy, or as an Oz lamp. The idea works pretty well!

Here are the drowsy Lion and Dorothy, as well as the wide awake Scarecrow and Tin Woodman. Dorothy is based on an illustration from the deadly poppy field chapter of the book, while her companions are taken from the endpaper design for the second edition, published in 1903.

The other side of the lamp is the classic Tiffany Studios Poppy design, without any additions. The Poppy lamp was originally designed around 1900 by Clara Driscoll, who supervised the design of quite a few of the floral Tiffany shades. The base was made at our studio, in conjunction with a glass blower and bronze foundry, and is styled after a number of Tiffany glass bases.

This year has been a busy one for Oz-inspired glass - here's a preview of another upcoming project:


ilex said...

Just amazing. I am so in awe of your work. Thank you for sharing.

Bell-Snickle said...

Ditto on the previous comment. Such beautiful stuff!

Sheri said...

I so enjoy your blog! The lamp is amazing! I look forward to all your projects.

Laura D said...

I happened upon this during a google image search and I asked myself, "Is this real!?" Wonderfully amazing work! I wish you sold these!

Bill Campbell said...

Thank you! My partner and I have a stained glass studio - the website is centurystudios.com. You can contact us there for more information about pieces that we make.