Shine a Light

Sea urchin lamp in 1/12 scale by Artisan member Bill Studebaker, shown with a chair by Mark Murphy.

Sea urchin lamp in 1/12 scale by Artisan member Bill Studebaker, shown with a chair by Mark Murphy.

I haven’t had cause to go looking, but judging by what I have seen out there, I’m betting that every manner of lighting fixture that has ever been in existence, has been reproduced by someone in miniature. Often, they’ve found a way to electrify them as well.

At a recent show, I fell in love with this floor lamp by Bill Studebaker with a shade made from a found sea urchin shell. The lovely round shape of the shell is perfectly complimented by the flowing leaf shapes on the base and shade support. Bill had a table top version as well, and a couple of  beautiful pieces of furniture incorporating the same leaf and vine motifs. He and his wife Barbara of Studebaker Miniatures will be dealers at the Guild Show this September. Bill will be teaching a class as well.

Turned brass candlesticks in 1/12 scale by IGMA Artisan members Julie Stevens and Bill Robertson.

Turned brass candlesticks in 1/12 scale by IGMA Artisan members Julie Stevens and Bill Robertson.

I also have a soft spot for wonderfully turned brass candlesticks and have been collecting new and vintage forms for the last couple of years. The three shown here are the work of two ¬†Artisan members of IGMA, Julie Stevens and Bill Robertson, both of whom will be dealers the Guild Show. Julie, already an Artisan member in porcelain, recently received a second Artisan for her work in metal. She’s been turning some lovely brass and silver pieces, and is the artist behind Silver Beak Studio. And Bill’s work-well, it seems like there is nothing too difficult for Bill to replicate in miniature, I still remember the working 1/12 scale roller skates he had at a show a few years ago, identical to ones I had as a kid, down to the key! Bill will also be teaching a class at the show this year.

 

One Response to Shine a Light

  1. Kathi says:

    I LOVE the sea urchin lamp! It is just beautiful. Such a clever, creative idea!

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