Enlighten Me

Join us to celebrate the opening of Enlighten Me, an online exhibition hosted by Crafthaus. Curated by Glen & Marie Guarino.

The lead image is a detail of "Skull Lamp" by Joelle Shafter.

Members: 32
Latest Activity: Mar 3, 2013

Michael McCoy


ebonized ash & white silk laminated shoji paper

72 x 16 x 16”  

Feminine with an aura of majesty, like the rare black calla lily for which it's named. Sexy and gorgeous, you can’t take your eyes off it.

Photo by the artist


salvaged outdoor light, annealed steel wire, vintage and contemporary crystals and beads, handmade beads, broken/tumbled dishes, stained glass

25 x 32 x 32”

Sue Schneider

Photos by the artist

Lantern Chandelier

annealed steel wire, vintage and contemporary crystals and beads, blown glass coral, broken and tumbled 

23.5 x 18.5 x 18.5”


micro-surfaced impact acrylic, cast acrylic, brass hardware

14 x 10 x 12

The Kinema pendant was inspired by the movement of crustaceans, allowing viewers to create dramatic light and shadow effects to match the mood or environment.  

Stuart Fingerhut  http://stuartfingerhut

              Ben Gibbs Photography                                                                                                                                                                                   



Harriete Estel Berman

Floating World

recycled tin cans, fabric-covered electric cord, tassels, embroidery floss, iron-on transfer of art magazine advertisements.

14 5/8 x 9 7/7 x 9 78"; 13.5 x 13.5"; 14.75 x 17.5"

Floating World traces the shifting fortunes and declines of contemporary society and the resulting impact on the arts community. 

Photographer Philip Cohen


Joelle Shafter  

Skull Lamp

black plated copper wire, black felt, satin ribbon

25 x 8 x 8"

Photographer  Alexandra Shafter


Nathanial Green or do you prefer Nate

Vitrum Lux

LED’s, glass pipettes, aluminum, battery

14” x 14” x .5”

Photo by the artist 

James McNabb

Wood Block Lamp


6 x 6.5 x 21"

The challenge was to make a block of wood glow.

Photo & video by the artist


 Jake Blok

Jack in the Pulpit Light

Copper, stone, electrical wire, light socket

20 x 18 x 10"

A copper lighted sculpture inspired by a Jack-In-the-Pulpit flower

Photo by the artist


maple skateboard decks, CFL bulbs

67 x 18 x 36

The arc of this chandelier of skateboards imitates a stop-motion “kick flip” with light bulbs for wheels.

 Beston Barnett

Photographer Bryan N. Miller

 Maori Lamp

walnut and antique milk glass

33 x 11 x 17

The reef-like lattice carved by CNC into this walnut slab is loosely based on the prow of a Maori canoe.


ash, milk paint, brass, lamp parts

60 x 18 x 18"

“Retreat” is based on the idea of having an argument with a loved one when they are not ready to discuss the issue.

Reuben Foat

Photo & video by Rizzhel Mae Javier


poplar, walnut, brass, milk paint, lamp parts

11 x 30 x 17"

“Glimpse” is about the continual reinvestment needed to maintain a relationship with another person.

Reuben Foat

Photo & video by Rizzhel Mae Javier

Jon Percy


9 x 30 x 20"

mahogany. Stained glass by James Zollo

My furniture is inspired by Greene & Greene. I do not copy work but endeavor to fit their aesthetic into the modern world.

Photographer Daniel Reese


Black Wire newGROWTH

One-off wire hung chandelier. Aluminum, candle base sockets, patina

36”H x 36” x 18”

newGROWTH series features up-cycled aluminum pipe repurposed into sculptural chandeliers, wall sconces, outdoor lights and furniture. The chandelier is in the permanent collection of the Chipstone Foundation. 

Christopher Poehlmann

Photo by the artist

LiveEdge Table/Chandelier

One-off sculptural dining table with integral chandelier.

Aluminum, laminate, plywood, LED.

90” x 40” x 84"H

This ongoing series of made-to-order light fixtures features one-of-a-kind chandeliers and wall sconces, limited production sconces and pendants and outdoor LED fixtures



Tom Muir

Parallel Lamp

brass, anodized aluminum, plexiglas, 40watt bulb

25 x 21.5 x 4”

Photo by Rob Wheless

Sally Prangley

Electro Wildflower

annealed steel wire, latex rubber tubing, seed beads, paper, fiber optics, LED, battery

11 x 6"D

Red light is an exclamation point within this sculpture that represents successful gardening by an artist otherwise inept at gardening.

Photo by the artist

Twisted Floor Lamps

84 x 16 x 16

cherry, mahogany, glass, wenge, maple, prisma color pencil

Twisted Lamp Series utilize a twist, which is hand shaped with a combination of spoke shaves and hand planes. 

Cosmo Barbaro

Photos by the artist 

Benny Goodman Twisted Variety (table)

36 x 16 x 16

fiddle back sycamore, wenge, aluminum

Benny Goodman Lamp Series, designed from a Benny Goodman tune entitled “Don’t Be That Way”.  The musical elements were incorporated into all aspects of the design.

Joshua P McVety


walnut, fabric shade, steel, found glass, lamp hardware

12” x 28” x 12”

Lighting is an exciting problem to solve. My work in lighting has progressed through a search for my own style.

Photo by the artist


Thomas Skaggs

Luminary # 8

curly black cherry wood, ebony and various art glass.

22 x 24 x 5”

This is a tabletop luminary created for ambience.  Curving lines in the art glass provide movement and take the eye around the piece.

Photo by the artist


Tina McLuckie

Interior Burden, 2012

 wax, porcelain, steel, mixed materials

 30 x 6 x 30”

Through material exploration in a vast array of mediums, I strive to evoke the physicality, tactility, and ultimate fragility of the human body

Photographer Gabriella Sturchio

Pat Morrow

Table Lamp

cherry, milk paint

24”H X 8” X 8” (with shade 24”H X 16” x 16”)

In my ongoing journey of discovery, I now focus on pure shape and form as a beginning in my design process

Photo by the artist

Thank you for visiting Enlighten Me

Cheers !

About the Curators: Glen Guarino, Guarino Furniture Designs holds a MA in Studio Furniture. He is an adjunct professor in the Fine Arts School of Kean University & does a number of guest speaking engagements. His art has been juried in museum and gallery exhibits. Glen enjoys creating custom commissions for private and corporate clients. Guarino's furniture has been featured on television and in a number of publications. Marie works with Glen running his business. 

Glen Guarino

Caffe Tavolino

curly maple 

Stone inlay by Seclay Precision Stone

Photographer Justin Guarino


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Comment by Jennifer Merchant on February 24, 2013 at 6:49pm

This is such an inspiring collection of lighting pieces. I have been dreaming of creating my own light fixtures/pieces for quite a while, I think I need to get started already! Thank you to all the artists for sharing your beautiful work.

Comment by Harriete E Berman on February 19, 2013 at 6:05pm

Thank you  to Marie and Glen for putting together this show.

Comment by Sophia Georgiopoulou on February 8, 2013 at 12:00pm

Beautiful pieces that cast light on us all. Thank you, Glenn!

Comment by Lorena Angulo on February 5, 2013 at 10:38am

Wonderful show, Sally Prangley's piece put a smile in my face!

Comment by Harriete E Berman on February 5, 2013 at 10:33am

Thanks for putting together this enlightening show.
I love seeing this beautiful lighting.

Harriete Estel Berman


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