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Introducing dynamic sculptural lighting by Ed Pennebaker. Inspired by traditional Venetian masters, these Blownglass chandeliers are all one-of-a-kind. Working from a palette of approximately 16 colors, Ed creates custom lighting which ranges from vivid and vibrant to restrained elegance. The works also range in size and complexity, from pendants and sconces to groupings of fixtures as large as space and budget allow. Clusters, which are unlighted, purely sculptural creations are an excellent choice for tall, narrow spaces– like stairwells. Choose from a half-dozen element styles in varying sizes... lightsources from 35w (pendants), 50-60w for sconces, to one or more 100w bulbs (chandeliers). Other light source choices possible.

All Pennebaker lights are originals. His artistic expressions are everywhere. A seemingly simple and quiet man, Pennebaker is modest about his accomplishments.

Pennebaker works year round in his studio. "I stay home in the winter to build up inventory. The furnace gets shut down in the summer but I still have plenty of other work to do." Packing orders, rebuilding equipment, organizing materials, an thousands of other thankless tasks get accomplished during this time. Pennebaker prefers to say he's a "glassmaker" instead of a "glassblower". The term glassblower has been used and misused so much that it carries very little specific meaning. "Most people associate the term glassblower with a person who melts rods of pre-made glass to form items working at a torch," he explained. "The specific title for that type of glassworker is 'lampworker'. Lampworking is a glass technique that is very different from what I do. It requires a different set of skills." Most of Pennebaker's products are made by gathering molten glass out of a glass furnace then blowing and shaping it with hand tools. "I start with the raw materials that are melted to make a batch of glass. The materials (a mixture of silica, soda ash, lime and small amounts of other minerals) are melted inside a furnace fired with natural gas. The furnace is similar to a ceramic kiln except that the glass furnace runs constantly at about 1,900 to 2,000 degrees. The temperature is even hotter when a batch of glass is being melted, up to 2,350 degrees." he explained. Pennebaker uses a hollow pipe to blow into and inflate the glass. "But it takes very little air," he said. Most of the work involved is using tools to shape the glass. "I use a set of large tong-like tools called 'jacks' to squeeze and shape the glass and wooden paddles to shape the sides and flatten the bottom." Although the shaping of the glass is a quick process, the preparation and finish time is lengthy. "It takes a full day to shovel the batch ingredients into the furnace and melt them," Pennebaker explained. "Then, each finished piece has to cool slowly in an oven from 1,000 degrees down to room temperature." This cooling is called annealing and takes twelve to fifteen hours.


Each Chandelier, PENDANT or Sconce is custom created
... you choose color, size, elements used, basic style / shape, budget ...
Ed will create a custom piece for your home and/or environment.
Please call or email to talk out your needs. We will send samples, examples to assist you in getting the perfect sculptural lighting piece for you.
EMAIL / CALL (312) 371-1279

 

Each Pendant, CHANDELIER or Sconce is custom created
... you choose color, size, elements used, basic style / shape, budget ...
Ed will create a pendant(s) for you.
Please call or email to talk out your needs. We will send samples, examples to assist you in getting the perfect sculptural lighting piece for you.
EMAIL / CALL (312) 371-1279


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presents custom lighting by artist Ed Pennebaker.

Please contact us if you have any questions, if you would like to discuss chandelier options, see additional images/examples or samples!
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