Keeling Lamps has been in business since 1971 producing stained glass lamps and custom windows. View our large selection of traditional, transitional, and contemporary designs built to stringent standards as listed below. These standards ensure a quality stained glass lamp every time from Keeling Lamps.
These styles are designed and created by Keeling artisans. We create each piece artistically, giving careful consideration to glass choice, construction, and fine detail. The result is a high quality product.
For an item to attain its future highest value, it must be signed by the artist or company. Lamps can be identified as follows:
All procedures are done by experienced craftsmen in our studio. This is how we insure a fine quality lamp every time. We do not sub-contract our work to other companies or foreign countries who lack the same years of experience and artistic expertise.
When buying a stained glass lamp, the quality of the glass plays an extremely important part in its beauty. Just as a jeweler can identify a high quality gem by its clarity and brilliance, a connoisseur of fine lamps can recognize the high quality glass in a Keeling lamp by its sparkling beauty. Stained glass lamps are an American art form, introduced at the Paris World's Fair by Louis Comfort Tiffany in 1888. What made Tiffany lamps so outstanding and valuable was his dedication to using beautiful glass.
We at Keeling's have the privilege to purchase glass from Kokomo Opalescent Glass Co., who have documented sales to Louis Comfort Tiffany in the late 1800's. Their glass is still made in the same facilities, using the same methods and the same secret formulas as their original glass sold to Tiffany himself. Youghiogheny, Bullseye, Uroboros, and Oceana are creating handmade glass with the same texture and characteristics as the glass Tiffany developed and made years before.
Extra time and care is taken to cut and sort the glass to flow in a pleasing and meaningful direction.
We employ a colorist whose sole responsibility is to order and select the best possible colors and textures for each style.
We select our glass with densities that are appropriate for their place in the design, which gives the lamp its sparkling character.
High strength is desirable to prevent damage and sagging from continued exposure to heat from high watt light bulbs. Some imported stained glass lamps are made with poor quality, recycled, impure lead. We use high quality virgin metals which give our hand leaded lamps extra smoothness, strength, and durability.
Hand cutting is our specialty. One of the marks of a superior lamp is precise glass cutting. The fine, tight fitting joints and seams found in Keeling lamps are a testament to the expertise of our glass cutters.
Our solderers pride themselves in assembling and finishing each lamp with great care and accuracy. The end result is straight, strong, and hangs level.
Extra time and care is taken in soldering to strengthen, smooth, and beautify the leading. The inside and bottom of the lamp are finished as well as the outside because when sitting at a table, as much time is spent looking up into the lamp as is spent looking at the outside.
Our exclusive copper based formula patina has the unique quality to become richer with age when followed by our care instructions. Most other finishes rapidly deteriorate and turn white with oxidation.
With our experience in lamp restoration, we have found that copper wire reinforcement is necessary to insure long lasting strength. Without it durability is greatly reduced.
Each piece of glass is carefully hand foiled evenly in copper, with the ends meeting perfectly, and then smoothed down onto the glass. This avoids jagged and unappealing lead lines.
We add extra detailing by using high quality attractive brass trim. Other lamps commonly have no trim, or steel trim which rusts.
We use heavy gauge steel crossbars, reinforced with wires, giving extra strength and durability to the product. The bar is then finished with epoxy paint.