Pendant Lamp Bone China

Handshaped bone china light with a closed bottom

The clear forms of the lamp have been modeled in clay by hand, thus receiving its characteristic somewhat irregular surface and form.
The closed form (the underside is closed) initially seems solid, monumental. Then follows the unexpected transparency, where the material comes to life by the light.

The lamps are manually produced in the studio. Each casting gets its own ‘drawing’ in the process, which is only revealed by light. In addition the finishing and the firing process affect the final form. Each lamp is therefore unique.

material: bone china | height approximately 27 cm, diameter approximately 20 cm | fabric cord

 

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Dome China

A large dome-shaped chandelier, handmade in the translucent material bone china.

Bone china is often associated with classic English crockery, but was used for this project to create a light object with monumental dimensions and appearance. It is made up of a large number of parts. The cast elements have hand-sculpted models as a base. Together they form a slightly arched dome, whose parts differ greatly in light color and intensity by variables such as wall thickness and size.

The Dome China can consist of one, two or three rings. The measurements are:

  • 1 ring | seven elements | diameter of about 90-95 cm
  • 2 rings 22 elements | diameter of about 170 cm
  • 3 rings | 45 elements | diameter of more than 250 cm

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At the moment, there is also a smaller version in the making. This Dome China with two rings, has a diameter of about 100 cm.

Of course, a custom Dome can also be provided!

Below are some pictures of the Dome China with two rings (170 cm), at Piet Hein Eek in Eindhoven (website) and at the priory (monastery) of Buitenplaats Doornburgh in Maarssen. (website). And also pictures of the one ring (90cm) chandelier at Mint in London (
website) and the Frozen Fountain in Amsterdam (website).

Dome China

Publication in the trade magazine ‘[Inst]Allicht’, December 2017

“One of the most impressive lamps of the Dutch Design Week was this monumental chandelier, the ‘Dome China’; handmade by designer Gerard Bovenberg, from semi-transparent bone china (ivory porcelain). The chandelier has a diameter of no less than 170 cm. The cast elements have hand-formed models as a base. Together they form a slightly vaulted dome, of which the parts differ greatly in light color and intensity, by variables such as wall thickness and size.”

Pendant lamp porcelain

Pendant lamp bone china

The clear forms of this lamp have been modeled in clay by hand. It is cast in bone china. This model has a closed bottom.

bone china porcelain | approximately 27 cm in height, diameter of 20 cm | textile cord

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Pendant Lamp Bone China Open

Hand shaped bone china light with an opening in the bottom

The clear forms of the lamp have been modeled in clay by hand, thus receiving its characteristic somewhat irregular surface and form. The mostly closed form (the underside is closed except for a recessed hole) initially seems solid, monumental. Then follows the unexpected transparency, where the material comes to life by the light.

The opening gives more direct, but uniquely ‘shadowless’ light.

The lamps are manually produced in the studio. Each casting gets its own ‘drawing’ in the process, which is only revealed by light. In addition the finishing and the firing process affect the final form. Each lamp is therefore unique.

material: bone china | height approximately 27 cm, diameter approximately 20 cm | fabric cord

 

Pendant Lamp Bone China Large

Pendant lamp bone china ‘large’

The clear forms of the lamp have been modeled in clay by hand, thus receiving its characteristic somewhat irregular surface and form. The closed form (the underside is closed) initially seems solid, monumental. Then follows the unexpected transparency, where the material comes to life by the light.

The lamps are manually produced in the studio. Each casting gets its own ‘drawing’ in the process, which is only revealed by light. In addition the finishing and the firing process affect the final form. Each lamp is therefore unique.

material: bone china | height approximately 40 cm, diameter approximately 30 cm | fabric cord