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The making of this lamp started with a series of rough models in foam to explore the proportions and shape. This is something we often do at the very beginning of the design process as it allows for experimentation and playfulness without the high cost of making a mould. We were looking for a gentle and curvaceous shape that still had a wide opening to maximise light.
Once clearer on shape, we craft a plaster model by hand, in this case on a lathe. During the mould making stages, we further refine the shape and work it into the harder material with more accuracy. Next up we produce a large scale model that takes into account the shrinkage of clay in the firing process. From here, we produce a block and case that allow us to cast the lamp shade in liquid clay.
It is a dusty, messy process but one that is thoroughly enjoyable as we watch the object evolve from rough sketch to final design. We hope that the careful refinement in each step of the design process is reflected in our white pendant lamp for you to enjoy.