My name's Brad Michael, and Lucent Lampworks is my craft lighting company. I'm car-singing, bourbon-sipping, Excel-junkie quasi-artist type who's blessed to spend his days as a dad, husband, and creative tinkerer. You can typically find me in the shop, up to my eyeballs in custom-designed lighting components, rocking out to Led Zeppelin, and thanking God for every day I get to spend doing what I love.
Christmas of 2010 was a particularly tight-budget one for our family. Shopping was out of the question, so I decided to make some table lamps as gifts instead, repurposing old barn pulleys and all sorts of interesting found objects. I learned about the electrical elements, got the supplies I needed, and crafted those I couldn’t buy. The lamps got a wonderful response, and I had more fun making them than anything I had done in years. That January, my wife Melissa and I decided to follow that spark of inspiration, pull $500 from our savings (which was most of it), and take a leap of faith. By July 2011, Lucent Lampworks opened up shop on Etsy. Within 4 days I had my first sale — to Paris! — and I was blown away! Knowing that people wanted to buy something that I made was the best feeling ever. Years later, I still get that same feeling every time I send another piece out into the world.
To ensure my products are of the highest quality, they feature custom-designed components that are created to my exacting standards and produced exclusively for Lucent Lampworks by home-grown American companies. Most importantly, all of my materials come back to my shop in beautiful Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where I personally design and hand-craft every piece, made to order just for you.
All of my hard-wired pieces (pendant, semiflush, and sconce) are UL Listed for Indoor Dry Location, so you can rest easy knowing your purchase is as safe as it is beautiful.
Most would see what I do as a one-guy operation. I design the lighting, I make the lighting, I ship the lighting, and I do lots of paperwork in between. For a long time, I thought I could do it all. My eureka moment happened years ago when I found the first person who would soon become an integral part of my business and my soon-to-be team. From that point on, I knew the key to success (and sanity) was finding talented, wonderful people that I can work alongside on this journey.
Graphic Design • Ohmeohmy Design
Sarah Ohme is an awe-inspiring talent that has truly taken my fledgling brand from essentially a cocktail napkin sketch to what it is today. She sees things in design and in the creative process that I would never see — she'll change 15 tiny things that I hadn't even noticed, and suddenly it'll all come together even better than I'd imagined. From typography to social branding and everything in between, I am still amazed I get to work with her and call her a friend.
Photography • Salvatori Photography
I own a nice camera, and I like to think that I take nice pictures. But in reality, I take terrible pictures with a nice camera. This is where my good friend Stacy Salvatori comes in. She's a true photography professional; I can't emphasize enough how much she's helped since she has been shooting my lighting. She loves God, loves her family, and truly loves her job. I'd say more how great she is, but I don’t want it to go to her head. (She also loves sarcasm.) ...Okay, fine — she is awesome.
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