I was looking at something on line and they mentioned updated Lithophane lighting. I wasn’t exactly sure what this was, so I did a wee bit of research and thought I’d share what I learned.
From the Lithiphane Museum:
Lithophanes are three-dimensional translucent porcelain plaques which when backlit reveal detailed magical images. First created in Europe in the 1820s, the largest collection of this 19th century art form in the world is now on view at the Blair Museum of Lithophanes.
Lithophane is a term derived from the Greek litho meaning stone and phainen meaningto cause to appear. This Greek derivation has proven confusing to people who might know some basic Greek, but do not know that lithophanes have nothing to do with stone or a stone product, but are made of porcelain.
Here’s a more detailed explanation, talking about how it has to do with the translucence and the depth of the surface. Sounds like something for a 3D printer! It is argued that this process was derived in China with the ultra-thin Blanc de Chine porcelain, and how the artisans manipulated it. Lithophanes are between 1/16th and 1/4 of an inch thick!
Lithophanes are used in nightlights, candleholders, globe lights and much more. Their primary function is their beauty and not their lighting ability. They’re sort of old-fashioned now, although I did find these contemporary ones, with scenes of the London Skyline and a beach. (top image)
I love learning new things.