Lamp Bases

There are five types of bases that I use for the lamps.

  • Freestanding
  • Metal
  • Rock
  • Resin


Freestanding lamps are minimalistic. Some trunk shapes are self-supportive and contain their own base. A separate material is not necessary. Many times it creates an awareness of symbiosis and synchronicity in our work.


For a rich traditional look I use a disc of metal. A base of shiny stainless steal goes well with a lighter colored wood such as young cypress. I normally would incorporate a stem and head of the same metal. With the bronze bases the finish is varnished to maintain the brilliant shine. Otherwise a weekly polishing is needed.


The third type of base is resin. Working with resin is an art form unto itself. I incorporate items such as shells, stones and plants. Ferns can be used while they are fresh. The resins cook and bleach the freshly picked fern with the heat of the chemical reaction in hardening. Temperatures can reach. This process changes the fern’s green leaves to a soft white. It leaves its roots a contrasting black. But this is an exception to the rule. Most flowers I dry well.  This maintains their rich color during the resin’s hardening process. Flowering bracts from the spiny Bougainville bush is a good dried flower to use. It comes in a variety of colors that maintain their brilliance after drying.


The fourth type of base is stone. Rocks I collect on the banks of a river called Barbilla. It runs threw the Atlantic zone of Costa Rica among the banana plantations. It is a medium size river that drops down steeply from the foothills of Volcan Poas.

Rio Barbilla runs threw different mineral and rock deposits on its way. The river gets stronger the higher you go. Barbilla picks up different colored boulders of green, blue, black and white. The combination of a twisted tortured wood and polished stone is very striking.


The most recent type of base I am working with is glass. My  oven is 6 feet by 4 feet across. I am using recycled glass. Like the resin, different objects are included. I feel this gives interest and character and integrates all parts of the lamp. Two days are required to melt and cool the pieces. The most delicate stage is in the cooling. If it is done too fast the glass will break from stress differential.

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  • Making Lamp Bases