"Lily Pond" is available for purchase in our Reflections Gallery at West Michigan Glass Art Center. It is also up for raffle at our 10th Anniversary party, "A Decade's Desire for Fire!" Our party is on October 10th, 6-10 p.m. Raffle tickets are $10 each or 6 for $50. Click here for info on the party! To purchase a raffle ticket call us at 269-552-9802, stop in before our party or join us for a fantastic evening of bidding on a live glassblowing auction, rock out to Bambi and the Matrix and enjoy great food, wine and beer!
This magnificent, one-of-a-kind stained glass lamp entitled "Lily Pond" was meticulously created by stained glass artist, Larry Galdes. It depicts a carefree and cheerful life on a pond! Watch as glittery winged dragonflies flit across the lily pads and deep cool water on this beautiful lampshade. "Lily Pond" measures 26" tall from the bottom of the cast brass base to the top of the shade. The lampshade measures 18 1/4" in diameter. Perfect as a tabletop lamp for your living room, study or sun room! The lamp is very sturdy because of the quality and weight of the cast brass base.
We are located in the Park Trades Building on Kalamazoo Ave in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Seeing it in person is the best way to enjoy it's radiant depth of color, sparkle and workmanship. If you would like additional details, photos or measurements, please contact us at 269-552-9802. This piece can also be shipped for $80 if you do not live locally or would like to send it as a gift. We are 1 hr South of Grand Rapids and about 2 1/2 hrs east of from Chicago, IL and 2 1/2 hrs west of Detroit, MI.
We interviewed Larry Galdes to learn more about his early start in stained glass artwork and his thoughts behind making "Lily Pond".
"During college, I started working for a neighbor who supplied planters and terrariums for the Mole Hole in Kalamazoo. I became interested in Tiffany windows and lampshades and decided to learn this technique. I worked for Bauer/Coble studios for about 8 years, then set up my own studio in my home in Battle Creek.
To create this lamp, I started with making a mold to the size and shape specifications I needed to create the lampshade. The pattern is drawn on the mold and a tracing pattern is then created. Glass is selected and the pattern is traced onto the glass. The glass is then cut out per the shapes in the pattern and ground to remove sharp edges. Each piece of glass is then wrapped with copper foil and soldered into the pattern. A cast brass ring is then added to the top opening for strength. A 14 gauge copper wire is worked around the bottom for a finished edge. I then attached it to the cast brass base. I titled this lamp "Lily Pond" because with the base depicting lily pads and cattails and the shade depicting waterlilies and dragonflies it seemed natural.
When choosing glass for my projects, I select pieces with the most vibrant color. I used a dichroic ripple glass for the dragonfly wings so there would be a distinct color difference between times when the light is on or off. "