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Marty Kubicki (Irvine, CA)

Porcelain Garden Nightlights 

LITHOPHANE.  The ivory porcelain nightlights are handmade using a technique called Lithophane.  Porcelain Garden is known for this technique – amazing 3-dimensional porcelain transparencies. As light shines through the varying depths of the etched porcelain panels, they come alive with remarkably detailed images.

Lithophanes originated in the early 19th century and were for a time a lost art. To create this amazing artwork, the artisans at Porcelain Garden first carve the image in wax while it is illuminated from behind.  A plaster mold is then taken of this carving and cast as a fine porcelain piece, with each detail reproduced.  Last, the pieces are kiln-fired at 2300 degrees F for 12 hours, thus giving the porcelain its translucency. 

The nightlights measure 4 X 3-1/2″ 

Silhouette Porcelain Night Lights  The silhouette night lights are composed of thin layers of opaque black porcelain  cast on top of white translucent porcelain. Then the artisan carefully etches the black away in select areas, revealing the white porcelain underneath, creating a high contrast 3-dimensional pattern.

The nightlight measure 3″ long, 1-‘1/2″ diameter

Both lines of night lights have plugs that  can pivot 360 degrees in the outlet, allowing the night light to be plugged into a sideways or upside-down electrical outlet. 4W bulbs are included (available at most hardware stores and supermarkets).

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