"Different elements, different media: weaving them together is more satisfying,: says the mar who cut his teeth, so to speak, on steel and other hard media. from those early machining days, William Morris has come to appreciate the special skill set needed for each different craft that goes into his lamps. Ephraim Faience Pottery of Wisconsin makes some of his lamp bases, but he jealously guards his other sources. "My suppliers are really, really important to me. i don't want my competitors to know who they are," he says. Morris turns and finishes the wood parts, assembles the lamps, and make the mica shades- a task formerly executed by his wife, Renee. "i do all of the work myself except for the pottery. Working with mica [mineral] can be like peeling an onion: you have to develop a feel for it. The material almost has a specific smell. It takes time to figure it out. "The color of mica ranges from almond to amber to deep orange. Morris presses natural leaves-oak, bamboo, japanese maple, eucalyptus, gink-go- onto the mica. Clients choose the leaf, the mica color, and the shape
OPPOSITE, FROM FAR LEFT Craftsman Ginkgo, Briggs from the Signature collection (with bamboo and almond mica), and Clapton OG in client homes. TOP RIGHT Mica shades on a hand-blown glass vase base, and the Briggs base (with ginkgo leaves). ABOVE Ring of Roses desk lamp with an Ephraim pot base. BELOW Clapton with oak leaves.