The Omphalotus Grove Ceramic Lamp
This design was inspired by mushrooms known as the jack-o”-lantern mushroom that grow on the ground, adjacent to host trees. These mushrooms have a luminous glow.
Using ceramic and wood together to create visual intrigue and a natural material tactile experience.
Materials: Clay with 15 x 1.25” and 5 x 1.5” wood balls, antique stain, and a dimmable ECO LED amber light bulb.
Challenges- Figuring out the shrinkage rate of the clay body and making the pattern pieces that percentage bigger than the finished piece. Rolling out each slab of clay to the exact thickness and size for each part ensuring the light socket would fit in perfectly.
Making sure each slab of clay, once rolled out to desired shape, was dry enough before starting the hand building process so it didn’t collapse on itself.
Attaching the clay parts to one another properly to ensure they wouldn’t crack or fall off during the drying, sanding and firing phase. Drilling the holes in the right spot of the clay so they would line up with the wood ball attachments.
11H x 11W x 5D - Finished - March 2023