Mood Modern Lamps
The ceramic bases reflect a return
to his potter roots acquired more than 37 years ago.
Slip cast from a specialized clay body, the current models are fabricated, dried, bisqued, glazed, and raku-fired. This raku process involves rapid firing to melt the glazes. These glowing pots are then introduced to combustible material where they receive a carbon induction from an airtight, smoke-filled chamber. The final assembly involves a mix and match session that connects the glazed tops and feet with lamp bodies based on surface and color tension. The final wiring step unites a carbon fiber riser tube and cord with solid nickel-plated brass pull chain sockets. These lamps are unique and wonderful. Each expresses gesture and a personality that is designed to challenge your mood.
Having tired of the symmetry and “seam in the back” approach to lampshades, Will Richards shakes up the concept of the traditional lampshade. He incorporates epoxy glass cloth with carbon fiber and a variety of other composite materials to produce one of a kind shades. Recycling scraps from the manufacturing process of a local
composite engineering company allows Will to Incorporate elements of design based
on available materials.
The Plate & Panel Process
It all begins with a lightly grogged, stoneware clay body, which is compressed
rather than stretched to eliminate warpage issues. A variety of gravity
defying molds are laid up by hand and support the pieces until dry. Once removed they are signed and allowed to dry completely. After a single firing to cone 04 flat, (approx. 2000 degrees) an airbrush begins to bathe the surface with its first few layers of acrylic stain. The image develops as these stain layers multiply to create both a sense of vastness and intimacy. Frequently, ceramic shards and other details such as wire are attached post color to accentuate key areas. The plates are wired to hang with a fixed horizon, and the panels have plywood backs attached with the wire providing the option of two axis hanging. There is an acrylic emulsion sealcoat on each surface to protect from moisture absorption. Although outside installation is welcomed, direct sunlight isnt nice to any surface. All work is done individually, to maintain an original, one of a kind quality.