WILL RICHARDS ARTIST STATEMENT
Having tired of the symmetry and “seam in the back” approach to lampshades, Will Richards shakes up the concept of the traditional lampshade. He incorporates epoxy glass cloth with carbon fiber and a variety of other composite materials to produce one-of-a-kind shades.
Each shade is made using salvage scraps from high tech composite fabrications. Will creates a “cut and paste” collage of the recycled materials and fashions it around one of a variety of mandrels. The shade is then custom fused in a kiln.
The ceramic bases reflect a return to Will’s potter roots acquired almost 40 years ago. Will holds a BFA in Ceramics and Glass from the University of Minnesota and an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Washington.
Using a specialized clay body, each lamp is hand built, dried, bisqued, glazed and raku-fired. This process involves rapid firing to melt the glazes. These glowing pots are then introduced to combustible material where they receive a carbon induction from an airtight, smoke-filled chamber.
The final assembly involves a mix and match session that connects the glazed tops and feet with lamp bodies based on surface and color tension. The final wiring step unites a carbon fiber riser tube and cord with solid nickel-plated brass pull chain sockets. These lamps are unique and wonderful. Each expresses gesture and a personality that is designed to challenge your mood.