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Luna Lighting, makers of hand crafted ceramic lights, is based at a studio in the heart of Bloomsbury in central London, part of Cockpit Arts - the UK's only creative business incubator for designer-makers - so expect lots of treasures at the open studios events held twice a year.
Designer maker Anna Perring has been developing her collection of playful pierced porcelain tea lights and striking sculptural table lamps in white stoneware since 2001 when she first launched the enduring Luna Snowball.
Luna Lights have evolved out of a personal search to fuse the cool clean lines of modern design with a need for warmth and sparkle.
She explains it as a balancing act between the head and the heart: 'My head wants a clutter free clear space to think in, my heart wants something softer and more fanciful and so the aim was to create unique ceramic lights for the design-aware individual. We want our lights to be uplifting and aim to make people smile. The patterns of light they scatter across a room have the quality of fairy lights (that I could never bear to take down after Christmas) and fireflies, seen for the first time in Italy a few years ago and which were a magical kick-start to this lighting project.'
Casting glitterball light patterns, each light adds a special atmosphere to any indoor space and unlike most other lights they can also be adapted for use outdoors as they are stoneware fired and frostproof.
Her current collection of delicate porcelain tea light holders are all hand made in the studio and each one bears the maker’s mark with the throwing lines clearly visible. Anna makes tiny holes in the form with a variety of found and made tools and they are very high fired to 1260 degrees so that the porcelain vitrifies and becomes especially translucent and tactile. With a flickering tea light inside the pretty patterns she creates shine through and create a magical intimate atmosphere.
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