Lithophanes

by admin posted June 11, 2014 category Lighting
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Beth Lewis-Williams -Lithophane

Lights, Lithophanes & Landscapes is a collection of porcelain lighting, which exploits the traditional and mysterious technique of lithophanes. The lights are realised using 3D printing technologies and hand carving, the latest LED and lighting controls.


They explore urban scenes contrasting current social, environmental, and aesthetic scenes with those of the romantic landscapes featured on 19th Century industrially produced domestic ceramics.

Lithophanes were a 19th Century passion and were used with an internal light source diffusing through the porcelain creating a gentle play of shadows exposing beautiful, delicate and sculptural images. The widespread emergence of printed landscape patterns on industrial ceramics was driven by the fashion for Chinese and Japanese porcelain, decorated with idyllic and picturesque landscapes. It was in effect a rural nostalgia, the result of a confluence of technological development and urbanisation. My work, in turn, examines our intense urban landscapes though the elegiac atmosphere lithophanes create.

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