Custom Terra Cotta Lampshades Are Being Modeled on Vintage Street Lights

Here at Boston Valley, we are always looking to apply our material in new and inventive ways. One way in which that is currently happening is with the fabrication of custom terra cotta lampshades. The project is part of a very limited production of high end lamps by Early Electrics. The lamp is modeled on turn of the century French cast iron street lights, scaled down to an appropriate size for interior use.

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Profile sketch of the lampshade prior to modeling.

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3D model of the design of the lampshade.

The small lampshades were 3D modeled and then the slip cast molds were fabricated using our CNC router. The top piece of the lamp is currently being slip cast now in Boston Valley’s mold shop.

The bottoms of the lamps are 100 year old antique milk glass that were acquired by Early Electrics as part of this limited production. Early Electrics selected a custom metallic sheen glaze finish for the shades. The lamps are specially designed and sold by Early Electrics – they can be found on their website here.

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