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Porcelain Table Lamps

Shop Room Tonic's curated collection of porcelain ginger jar lamps and vase lamps of various shapes and sizes in blue and white, monochrome, and polychrome enamels. These lamps are potted, hand-decorated and fired just as they were in the ancient kilns of Jingdezhen, China. Timeless in design with traditional Chinese motifs and imperial patterns, these lamps add beauty and charm to any space. They make for wonderful statement pieces as living room table lamps, buffet lamps, bedside lamps and more. Customize yours by adding different shades and finials for different occasions. Mix things up and switch things out with shades of different shapes and colors to decorate with the seasons, holidays, house shuffling, and most important, your mood on any given day!

A fantastic way to add color, character and class to a room is with with porcelain lamps. They are not just for lighting a room, they introduce pattern, texture and interest, making a space feel well planned and put together. Think of it as art, not just light, and you’ll fall in love with our collection of unique, hand painted, beautiful pieces that will bring life, and light, to your home.

Why we love porcelain

The artistry of taking a piece of fine clay, shaping and molding it before it’s fired in a kiln at high temperatures and coming out beautifully, is a feat in and of itself. The myriad ways porcelain can be painted or glazed makes it ideal for discovering the perfect color or pattern you desire. That, coupled with its heavy earthenware durability, resisting chips and breakage means it can work/live/shine in any busy home.

How to choose the right lamp shade for your porcelain lamp.

Depending on your style and level of light desired, there are several options for lampshades. Traditionally, fabric shades are used with porcelain lamps. A tapered lampshade, smaller at the top and larger at the bottom, will give you more light at the bottom, which is perfect for task lighting since it will send the light to the surface below. A drum shade, with equal width all around, will send the light equally above and below which is ideal for adding ambience. If you’d like to break away from traditional lampshades, porcelain lamps can handle it. Try a custom, brightly colored lampshade to add extra oomph or even a lacquered lampshade which plays with the gloss on the porcelain. The mix of modern with traditional creates the perfect amount of design tension, creating a refreshing and unexpected dynamic.

Why are there three way switches on porcelain lamps?

The popularity of porcelain lamps is due to the fact that they can be used in so many types of rooms. Since each room has different lighting needs, the three way switch will help you achieve the desired level of brightness. For task lighting, click the switch to the highest setting for the brightest light, for ambient lighting, click the switch to the middle setting and for mood lighting or decorative effect, click to the lowest setting. Note that in order to take advantage of having 3 different brightness options, you’ll need a three way lightbulb, which are easily attainable and not a specialty item.

What if I don’t want a three way switch?

Lamps with three way switches will still function properly with a non three way lightbulb. Since they are compatible with any lightbulb, the next step is deciding what kind of bulb you want to use. If you are looking for energy efficient and long lasting, you’ll want LED bulbs. If you’re looking for inexpensive, use incandescent or halogen bulbs, which will need to be replaced more often. If you want something unique, look into more specific lightbulbs. There are bulbs that mimic day light, that are soft white, bright white, warm white, cool white and even bulbs that add a touch of color. With so many options from which to choose, you’re sure to find the bulb that suits you. Whether your style is Chinoiserie Chic, Hollywood Regency, Preppy, Palm Beach, Maximalist, Global, Asian inspired, Bohemian, classic Coastal or timeless Traditional, Room Tonic has unique lamps that will bring a refreshing twist to any decor.

How Porcelain Table Lamps Are Made

Who are the potters and artisans who make these lamps?

The potters and artisans of Jingdezhen China have been making porcelain vases, jars, plates, bowls and other vessels for thousands of years.  The potters are those men and women who work the raw material clay with water and a pottery wheel to create the shape of the piece that will ultimately be glazed and fired in the kilns.  The artisans who decorate these pieces are painters who apply cobalt or polychrome enamels to the porcelain to create a wide variety of Chinese themes and motifs.

Where and how are these porcelain table lamps made?

Kiln at Jingdezhen ChinaHandmade and hand decorated, these porcelain lamp bodies are all potted and fired in the same kilns of Jingdezhen, China as they were over 1,000 years ago. When finished, they are shipped to the United States where master lamp makers fabricate and assemble the hardware to create lamps from these Chinese porcelain works of art. Jingdezhen, in the Jiangxi province of China is known as the "Porcelain Capital of the World" because it has been producing Chinese ceramics for over 1,000 years, and for much of that period Jingdezhen porcelain was the most important and finest quality in China and around the world. The city itself has a history of its own that stretches back over 2,000 years.

Potting and Painting of Porcelain Vessels

Potter spinning his pottery wheel to get momentum for more shaping of the piece his is makingThe potters start with fresh clay and water to create and form the vase or jar that they are making.  They often use pottery wheels and other tools to achieve the desired shape.  These tools will carve away excess clay which will be recycled and reused again. Once the form is achieved, it goes on a long board with other like pieces to dry in the sun.  Once dry enough to be fired in the kilns, the piece will be sanded and finished before glaze is applied.  When the potter has finished his or her work on the piece, the artisans and painters will then hand-decorate the piece. 

Bottle vases drying in the sun before being decoratedThere are countless themes and motifs that are painted with polychrome enamels.  Some pieces are fired twice or more depending on the effect the artist is trying to achieve.  For underglaze blue and white wares, the artist will decorate them by applying cobalt in liquid form which is blackish gray in color when applied, but once glazed and fired, the piece will be brought out of the kiln as a blue and white porcelain work of art.  This classic form of blue and white ceramics dates back to the middle of the Yuan dynasty (1300-1320). By 1350, this art form was fully developed. A classic example of these early blue and white wares can be found in the British Museum's David Vases collection which are named for Sir Percival David (1892-1964) who built the most important private collection of Chinese ceramics in the world.

The David Vases exhibit in the British MuseumWhen these wares are fully decorated, whether it be with cobalt or polychrome enamels, they will be fired in the kilns which are heated to nearly 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Once removed from the kilns, the vase or jar is placed in a bucket where it will cool over the course of four days,  The vase or jar is then safely packed for shipping to the United States where it will be drilled, finished and assembled as a custom made table lamp that will bring an ancient Chinese art and beauty into your home.

Why should you buy our table lamps?

For those designers and home owners who appreciate bespoke works of art and beauty, these one of a kind table lamps bring the utility of ambient light into your home on the body of a hand-made and hand-decorated porcelain vessel that was created with the unique artistry of long-honored Chinese motifs and imperial patterns along with the same potting, painting, and firing methods used in the ancient kilns of Jingdezhen, China.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. While underglaze blue and white table lamp bodies will not be damaged by these types of cleaning agents, other parts of the lamp might be. Gold leaf and gilding, whether on bases or finials, can be removed or smudged by these agents. They will damage and mar acrylic bases permanently making them cloudy. They will also remove wood finishes if your base happens to be rosewood.

Warm soap and water is okay to clean certain parts of your lamp, but it is strongly recommended that you refrain from using this method as water that may drip onto a rosewood base can mar and even remove rosewood finish. It is always best to use a dry lint-free cloth to wipe any dust or dirt from your lamp. Hardback shades can not be washed. Use only a dry lint-free cloth to clean hardback shades.