Beth Lewis Williams: Exploiting the Traditional and Mysterious Technique of Lithophanes
‘Lights, Lithophanes & Landscapes’ is a collection of porcelain lighting created by Beth Lewis Williams back in 2014. The London based designer and maker is specializing in bespoke porcelain lighting and exploits the traditional and mysterious technique of lithophanes.
Traditional Craftmanship meets Novel Manufacturing Technology & Controls
The porcelain lamps are realised using 3D printing technologies and hand carving, and are foreseen with the latest LED and lighting controls. The lights explore urban scenes contrasting current social, environmental, and aesthetic scenes with those of the romantic landscapes featured on 19th Century industrially produced domestic ceramics.
Lithophanes – A 19th Century Passion
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 porcelain lithophane lights create a gentle play of shadows exposing beautiful, delicate and sculptural images”
The widespread emergence of 3D 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, the result of a confluence of technological development and urbanisation. The work of Beth Lewis Williams, in turn, examines intense urban landscapes though the elegiac atmosphere lithophanes create.
Bespoke Design and Manufacturing Services for Lighting Features
Beth Lewis Williams future work will be structured through a bespoke design and manufacturing service delivering unique lighting features for individual clients. For more work and references, here’s a link to her personal website.