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Woodland Sunbeams Colored Porcelain Lithophane Night Light

Woodland Sunbeams Colored Porcelain Lithophane Night Light

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  • Handmade item
  • Material: Ceramic
  • Favorited by: 25 people
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Description

This is a "lithophane"; a thin translucent porcelain night light, made using a lost art from the 1800's. When lit from behind, the light shining through the different thicknesses of the carving causes a highly detailed image to appear in front, almost magically. As you see, the illuminated image is so detailed, that it has a totally photographic quality to it! In addition, the relief of the carving gives the image a 3 dimensional quality when seen in person.

For the colored lithophanes, we take it to another level! We hand apply a ceramic underglaze coloring to the back of the porcelain, while lit so we can see the placement of the color. We then fire the piece a second time, to permanently fuse the color to the porcelain. The color then gently diffuses through the porcelain, and combines with the shading produced by the thicknesses to give the image a truly photographic realism. It adds yet another dimension of beauty to this amazing art!

We call this one "Woodland Sunbeams", and it truly transports you to another place, as you gaze into the depths of this mystical forest. The intricate detail, stunning dimensionality, and the subtlety of the sunbeams, all contribute to making this piece truly transformative.... This is also, not coincidentally, our best selling night light, as it appeals to men, women, and even children of all ages.



~Approx 3 1/2 in wide x 5 1/2 in tall, including the plug. The porcelain is 3 1/2" x 4 1/2".
~Non porous and cleanable.
~Complete with UL listed 120v night light plug for the US and Canadian market, and a 7w incandescent bulb.
~Nicely boxed with a descriptive insert telling about this fascinating art form.
~Perfect for bathrooms or kitchens, where the outlet is up higher and you can see the image.
~It also works well to light up a dark hall or stairway.
~The porcelain is strong, but it is breakable like glass, so not recommended for a toddler's room.

I start by carving the image in a translucent wax, with the wax lit from behind. I then take a plaster mold of this engraving, and we then cast a fine porcelain clay into this mold. We then kiln fire the porcelain to 2300 degrees F. to achieve it's translucency and durability. Lithophanes were invented in France in 1827, and were popular throughout Europe till the early 1900's. They mysteriously faded from popularity with the advent of electricity, which is ironic as they look way better with electric light than candles. I collect antique lithophanes, and first started making them 32 years ago by reproducing the antique ones. I eventually learned how to engrave my own originals, and this has been my living since then.

Our night lights make the perfect gift: everyone has an electrical socket to plug it into, they are reasonably priced, handmade in the USA, energy efficient, and they are practical as well as beautiful!
This is a "lithophane"; a thin translucent porcelain night light, made using a lost art from the 1800's. When lit from behind, the light shining through the different thicknesses of the carving causes a highly detailed image to appear in front, almost magically. As you see, the illuminated image is so detailed, that it has a totally photographic quality to it! In addition, the relief of the carving gives the image a 3 dimensional quality when seen in person.

For the colored lithophanes, we take it to another level! We hand apply a ceramic underglaze coloring to the back of the porcelain, while lit so we can see the placement of the color. We then fire the piece a second time, to permanently fuse the color to the porcelain. The color then gently diffuses through the porcelain, and combines with the shading produced by the thicknesses to give the image a truly photographic realism. It adds yet another dimension of beauty to this amazing art!

We call this one "Woodland Sunbeams", and it truly transports you to another place, as you gaze into the depths of this mystical forest. The intricate detail, stunning dimensionality, and the subtlety of the sunbeams, all contribute to making this piece truly transformative.... This is also, not coincidentally, our best selling night light, as it appeals to men, women, and even children of all ages.



~Approx 3 1/2 in wide x 5 1/2 in tall, including the plug. The porcelain is 3 1/2" x 4 1/2".
~Non porous and cleanable.
~Complete with UL listed 120v night light plug for the US and Canadian market, and a 7w incandescent bulb.
~Nicely boxed with a descriptive insert telling about this fascinating art form.
~Perfect for bathrooms or kitchens, where the outlet is up higher and you can see the image.
~It also works well to light up a dark hall or stairway.
~The porcelain is strong, but it is breakable like glass, so not recommended for a toddler's room.

I start by carving the image in a translucent wax, with the wax lit from behind. I then take a plaster mold of this engraving, and we then cast a fine porcelain clay into this mold. We then kiln fire the porcelain to 2300 degrees F. to achieve it's translucency and durability. Lithophanes were invented in France in 1827, and were popular throughout Europe till the early 1900's. They mysteriously faded from popularity with the advent of electricity, which is ironic as they look way better with electric light than candles. I collect antique lithophanes, and first started making them 32 years ago by reproducing the antique ones. I eventually learned how to engrave my own originals, and this has been my living since then.

Our night lights make the perfect gift: everyone has an electrical socket to plug it into, they are reasonably priced, handmade in the USA, energy efficient, and they are practical as well as beautiful!

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