Beth Lewis-Williams creates bespoke porcelain lighting design and makes atmospheric lighting from porcelain. Designs range from historical to contemporary. Each light is individually crafted.
I work between the worlds of art, design, craft and technology to create innovative and thought provoking porcelain lighting.
My porcelain lighting exploits the traditional and mysterious technique of lithophanes. The lights are realised using 3D printing technologies, hand carving, the latest LED and lighting controls.
I explore, within this medium, 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.
Cockpit Arts Awards
- 26/02/2016 -NADFAS Award