JOANNE BOWLES FOR DRUMMONDS ‘THE BURIED OBJECT’ LIGHT SHADES
JULY 3RD 2017
Drummonds is working with the talented young artist Joanne Bowles, who has created remarkable light shades for the Dalby and Chessleton wall lights.
 
Recently graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Jewellery and Metal, Joanne is fascinated by the archaeology of buried artefacts, changing over time and becoming encrusted with pattern. 
 
Drummonds’ light shades are part of her series called ‘The Buried Object’, individually made in silver and copper; layering techniques and materials to create unique pieces. Two variations are available, a blackened copper and a silver/copper.
 
The making of the shades starts with Joanne forming and soldering copper sheet into cylinders. These are painted with a design and electroformed, building a raised pattern. The black shade is later treated with a patination solution to turn the copper a deep, enduring black. The silver shade is silver plated and then rubbed back to reveal the copper underneath. Finally, both versions are finished with wax, to preserve the colour of the metal.
 
Drummonds’ Dalby and Chessleton lights are made using similarly complex artisanal processes, casting the metalwork in the lost wax process; an ancient technique, never bettered for accuracy and detail. This level of craftsmanship creates the perfect partner for Joanne Bowles’ striking shades. 

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