We make all our lighting by hand, to your order. They are formed in molds made
from our master patterns which we design and make ourselves. The
material is our own technically superior sintered ceramic formula which
allows the fired clay to be thin, lightweight and extremely strong. We
blend this clay body from a variety of sources to achieve this
combination of strength and lightness. The key is an unusual use of
micro-crystals in the mix that grow and interlock in the firing process
to impart great strength.
After firing at two thousand
degrees Fahrenheit, the sintered sconce is then finished with many
coatings using a variety of materials, from gold leaf, metal leaf with
acid wash, lacquers, mica powders, enamels, faux finishes or other
The glass we use is American made art
glass, undoubtedly the finest in the world. We offer scores of choices
of colors and textures. Many of the glasses are reversible for different
effects and can be sand blasted to achieve a unique "sea glass"
We can match or harmonize
any swatch you send us. Many of our clients have availed
themselves of this service to great advantage. Consider using a
multi-layered color on a textured sconce that might pick up wall color
and trim color in the room. (Click
here to see a sample of piece we did for a client in an unusual
coral finish with a deep tone wash over it.). To further enhance the
sconce, we could apply a very thin wash over this using fine gold dust
or mica powders that will give a very subtle yet rich glaze. Please call
The sconces mount on the
wall with a heavy duty welded steel frame which bolts to a standard
4" octagon box. An aluminum reflector canopy protects the wall from
the heat of the lamp and helps throw the light up from the sconce.
Click here for
further information on mounting these sconces.
We wire for incandescent
bulbs. We feel this gives the best quality of light for interior use.
This also allows the greatest versatility in lamping. Many compact
fluorescent bulbs are available with screw base fittings. This allows
you to change the wattage of the bulb as you see fit. Click
here for more information on different bulb types you can use.
If halogen is desired, the
double-envelope halogens can be screwed in directly. These are far safer
than the bare-bulb halogens which are coming under increasing scrutiny
from Underwriters Labs. as a known fire hazard.
Here is a picture of hot
bronze being poured for our Genji
All our sconces and table lamps carry an Underwriters
Laboratories certification and are so labeled. Each piece is tested to a
ten-times voltage overload.