by Regina Cole
William Morris explains that his original craft was that of a machinist: he executed all manner of ship repairs on the San Francisco waterfront. He graduated to machine shops and the exacting tolerances of prototype work. Today, however, Morris makes artful table lamps composed of pottery vessels, mahogany bases and caps, mica shades, and solid brass fittings. He describes the journey from machining to lamp designing and building as a natural progression, his creative drive expressing itself in more and more specific terms.
“It has been an interesting process,” Morris muses. “I do keep getting better at it.”
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