Desiree Gillingham-Produit creates fine art lighted wall sculpture and Tiffany style lamp shades using natural sea shells. I read an article about her shades a few years ago and curiosity lead me to call her to set up an appointment. I wanted to see for myself what this reviewer was raving about and Desiree's studio was not far from me in Carmel Valley.
I had purchased a hand wrought floor lamp a couple of years earlier from a local iron artist, but had never come across the right shade for it. That lamp was not on my mind when I called Desiree, but as I stood in her studio that day surrounded by the glowing beauty of her shades I knew my search was over.
I went home and fetched the lamp for Desiree to check out. It easily passed her push test for studiness and balance, and she needed to modify it to work with the shade I selected (replace the single upright socket with a 3-cluster bulb set) and rewire the base to add a dimmer switch.
You cannot imagine the beauty of seashells when light shines through them. The colors are deep and rich, as only nature can make them. And Desiree's selection of shells, her use of color, and her artistic sensibility make true artworks of these unique and delightful shades.
Desiree has a lot of information at her website:
Shell Shades by Produit Studio
220 punta del monte
post office box 168
carmel valley, ca 93924
tel 831/659-4055 • fax 831/659-4840
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