Artisan Spotlight :: Louise Gaskill

This week on our Artisan Spotlight we are pleased to introduce you to Louise Gaskill of Louise Gaskill Company! We admire Louise’s work and even have one of her chandelier’s hanging in our studio. Her one-of-a-kind lamps and pendants are true works of art. As we head to furniture market in High Point this weekend, a stop at Louise’s showroom will certainly be a source of inspiration.

When did you first realize you wanted to pursue your artistic dream?

I spent many years in a software sales position with a weekend interest in refinishing furniture. The refinishing interest introduced me to gold gilding techniques which eventually morphed in light design and construction.  When the software company I worked for consolidated offices back to its Toronto headquarters, I took my hobby full time.

Who are your biggest influences?

I am always inspired by beautiful glass, particularly the vibrant shapes and colors from Mid century Italian designers like Seguso and Barovier.

Describe your creative process.

Glass selection is almost always the starting point for my designs which in turn dictates the style and scale of other components.

What is your favorite medium/material to work with and why?

Without doubt, gold and silver leaf.  I spent a lot of time “perfecting” the application and tone of my finishes.   I think it is one of the most important design elements in my pieces.

What is your proudest accomplishment as an artisan?

Traditional Home did a feature article on me several years ago. Even though it has been several years since the article, I continue to be absolutely thrilled.

Thank you Louise for sharing your beautiful talents with the world!

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