Tony Jojola is an internationally honored glass artist, with work in museums and private collections. He is one of the only Native glass artists who work exclusively in hot-blown glass
He has collaborated with the legendary Dale Chihuly, the dean of glass art, and has mentored another generation of Native, hot-blown glass artists at his glass school in Taos, New Mexico.
As an artist, he is constantly developing new ideas, like this unique lamp.
This sculptural work of art also serves a useful function, while decorating your space. It may be one of the only ones left on the market, since Tony made only a few.
Like a magic flower, the blown glass shade has a bud-like, tapered oval form. It is a combination of soft greens, with highlights of yellow and white to brighten the palette.
Predominantly a mellow moss-green, it has pale apple green accents, as well as regular lines of black, on transparent green, that divide the pale circles.
The lines and circles may refer to raindrops and rainfall, Native good-luck signs, and a nod to the artist’s Pueblo heritage.
Looking inside the glass shade, it is more complex than it seems from outside. Many different colors are involved in creating the exterior look.
On a clear glass base, transparent, bright grass-green and white have been applied, among others. Large areas of thick, white glass form most of the light-colored circles on the exterior.
All these colors and designs were created while the glass was molten, still on the revolving blower’s rod.
As textured and complex as the glass is, the hand-made metal base is smooth and shiny, with simple, unadorned elements.
The shade sits on a sturdy stalk of metal with a bronze patina, which is soldered to the matching, circular base. A graceful trio of curved wires curl up and around the shade, holding it in place.
The lamp is one integrated sculpture – a fascinating, one-of-a-kind work of art. And it works, too: just insert a bulb, and plug it in.
Embellish your home with this striking piece, surely destined for a museum show, one day.