What Our Clients Say

Custom Bent mica ceiling lamp shade with dried maidenhair and hand-cut dragonflies by Sue Johnson

Hi Sue:
It is spectacular!! We are EXTREMELY happy with it.
It was such a pleasure working with you and the outcome is better than we ever envisioned .. the colors of the ribbing, the fit, the shapely elegance of the mica – it’s all just perfect. I’m attaching a few photos. They don’t quite do it justice but you can get a pretty good idea of how well it blends with both the original collar and the existing ceiling fixture.
Thank you so much for your patience, support and vision. We couldn’t be happier with our latest Sue Johnson super original!!

Custom Bent mica ceiling lamp shade with dried maidenhair and hand-cut dragonflies by Sue Johnson

Rectangular Mica Shade with Falling Multicolored Fall Leaves by Hope Wingert

Hi Sue,
We brought home our new lamp last Saturday afternoon, placed it on the mantle, and were inspired to rearrange objects around it to give it it’s proper living space. We were done 7 hours later, as the rearranging and reorganizing spread to the rest of the living room, kitchen, and hallway. I love the lamp, I gaze at it often, and the mantle is now my new favorite space in the house. Thanks!

Rectangular Mica Shade with Falling Multicolored Fall Leaves by Hope Wingert

Custom hand painted lamp shade on customer's lamp base

The lampshade is absolutely fantastic!

Hand-painted shade by Orgelina Wiese, design from an antique embroidered shawl.

Custom Mica ceiling shade with Hand-cut Windowpane design

I just picked up my custom lamp shade last weekend and thought you might want to see the finished product. This was a replacement for the (broken) glass shade on a George Kovacs dining room fixture that we installed several years ago in our house in Berkeley. It matches the fixture beautifully and is an elegant improvement to original shade.

Mica shade with Hand-cut Windowpane design by Sarah Sirchuk

Toned Parchment Paper rectangle lamp shade on customer's lamp base

Sue: I bought a lampshade from Orgelina (unsure of spelling) last weekend, and it has been installed on a small base (pictures attached). It is a great match, and we are very appreciative of the guidance and help we received from Orgelina! Thanks so much and we are anticipating a return to your store when we return to the area from Murphys, California (Gold Country on Highway 4).

Toned Parchment Paper rectangle lamp shade

t153b Asian Red Raku Fetish Pot Mini Table Lamp, Mica Lamp shade with natural foliage

Dear Ms. Johnson:

After searching for just the right lamp for my mother’s secretary, I found your website and chose your Mini Raku Fetish Pot lamp with the Green Mica Shade, I knew immediately that your work was outstanding and certainly was not disappointed. This beautiful piece of art looks perfect on the secretary and completes my living room and I just wanted to thank you and your very nice staff for all their help.

Custom lamp shade - Antique embroidered fabric

Hi Sue–
Here is your beautiful work in situ. Thanks again!

Antique embroidered fabric (by our customer’s great grandmother)

Alkyd Mica lamp shade with Cherry Blossom border and gold liner by Lynn Duncan

Dear Sue Johnson Lamps:
I thought I’d send a photo of the lampshade you made for us, atop the base made by my wife Kimberly’s grandfather. We think it looks just beautiful. Thanks again, and we may be stopping by the next time we’re in California.

Alkyd Mica with Cherry Blossom border and gold liner by Lynn Duncan

Alkyd Mica lamp with Cherry Blossom Border

Thanks so much. You can see how well our new lamp fits in with our décor!

Alkyd Mica lamp shade with Cherry Blossom Border

t103 Hammered Mexican copper lamp base with amber mica lamp shade

The lamps arrived Friday and they are absolutely fabulous! We are so pleased and for the first time a product that I bought on the web exceeded my expectations. Could you make two matching wall sconces that are 10″ wide?…. Please let me know about the sconces and thanks again for the lamps which just make the room they are in!
Alex, North Carolina
Lamp shade by Mary Shilman

See the details Mexican Copper Table Lamp >

Hi Mary-
The lampshade and finial arrived today in great shape. It looks wonderful! Thank you so much for your perseverance – I love the color of the mica and also the delicate pine needles (nice to know they’re from across the street). I appreciate all your hard work and will treasure this art piece.
Thank you!
Anne, Alaska
Lamp shade by Mary Shilman

Dear Sue,
We have bought lamps from you for about 20 years, and still adore every one.
I am writing now with two lamp needs–first, I have always wanted a glass lamp that I might fill with special rocks or seashells, and particularly like your work. Do you ever do such lamps?…
Margaret and Mike, proud owners of the first and best dragon lamp and many others, in Santa Barbara, CA

Custom lamp shade order via email

The shade arrived last Thursday. It looks great! Attached please find pictures. I want to thank-you for working a custom order via email. I know it can’t be easy when you don’t have the physical lamp, but the results are great – the dimensions are in good proportion. The shade will be perfect in the new room – it is a nice complement to 2 large drum shades done in parchment and dried flowers and ferns…
Best Regards,
Heidi, New Jersey
Lamp shade by Mary Shilman

Dear Sue Johnson Staff,
I just wanted to let you know that the lamp shade and sconces arrived safely and look beautiful. It has been a pleasure working with you.
Thank you very much for all of your help!
Karen, Minnesota
Shades by Hope Wingert

custom lamp shade with bamboo leaves and bamboo pottery lamp base

WOW !!
The lampshade is beautiful and the proportions are just perfect, it really works on the narrow table we have in front of a window and is absolutely stunning from the side when you walk into the room or from the front as in the picture. Sorry it isn’t a better picture, but we are still in the process of re-decorating the whole house and will be finished early next year… The red bamboo lamp also is perfect and has been getting rave reviews from our neighbors and daughter. Please thank the people that made these beautiful lamps for us.
Arthur, Connecticut
Lamp shade by Sue Johnson

I received the lampshade. It turned out wonderful!!! Thank you for all your help. It truly turned my lamp into the art piece it was intended.
Thanks again,
Carol, Illinois
Lamp shade by Paula Cifuentes

Japanese maplle leaves custom lamp shade

Here are a few photos of this work of art you and your crew created…. they’re a bit embarrassing for me to send out as a professional but, they’re handheld on a consumer camera so, bear with me… I am absolutely in love with this fixture! It has transformed that room….. I’ve decided that you should have called it “Spring Wind” as it appears the Japanese Maple is blowing in a heavy wind with leaves flying free of the branches……. just stunning. Some feed back from friends who were over when I brought it home and hung it was glowing.
Thanx to you, Hank and your whole crew for such wonderful work!
Lance Shows, Oakland, CA

Thanks. The lamp arrived on my birthday – great present! It’s as beautiful as I’d hoped.

Custom lamp shade

My wife and I had you make us a lampshade, awhile back. I have been meaning to send you a picture of the lamp with the shade on. We are really very happy with the lampshade, it has really given my wife’s lamp a new life.
Thank you, very much!!
Kevin and Erica
Lamp shade by Carmen Nunez

Dear Sue Johnson,
My lampshade has arrived in perfect condition: it was marvelously packaged with its double box.
I am very happy with the result. As I had told you, I have with me 5 of your lampshades that were made at your store when I was living in Berkeley 15 years ago (I was one of your first enthusiastic customers) and I am glad to see that the quality of the work that you provide has not changed. It is a pleasure to see such stability: it reminds me of the craft to which I was accustomed when I was living in France.
Thanks again for such skillful good work
Luc, North Carolina
Lamp shade by Orgelina Weise

Custom lamp shade

Hello Sue,
As we discussed, we are attaching a photo of the new lamp shade your company made for our brass Florentine lamp. It looks great, don’t you think so?
Please tell Mary that we appreciate her work.
Best regards,
J.B., California
Lamp shade by Mary Shilman

Hi Sue. Received the new shade and it is just right!!!! Very lovely and perfect for all.
Thank you for your open way of dealing with the first shade difficulties. I very much appreciate working with someone who is willing to take a responsible and helpful solution oriented, and may I add, timely response and producing the second extremely lovely shade. Thank you.
I will keep your work and lovely lamps in mind for future projects.
with my best to you,
Elaine B., Washington
Lamp shade by Sue Johnson

We just got your sketch and it is perfect. These sconces are only decorative (we won’t be reading by them) so the different bulbs won’t be an issue. I will send the drawing back to you signed and dated so that you can put the sconces in the pipeline.
Thanks again — you are a hero!
Craig, San Francisco, CA

Mica custom ceiling shade and custom floor lamp shade

Dear Sue,
I promised to send you photos of your beautiful shades in situ, but just haven’t gotten around to it till now. Aren’t they exquisite?… Thanks so much for your inspiring work! It’s made reinhabiting my home after my year-long plumbing/insurance disaster exile much more of a pleasure. Everyone oohs and aahs when I turn the lights on!
Thanks so much,
Terry, Berkeley, CA
Shades by Sue Johnson

Hi Mary,
You made me some wonderful lamps with the maple leaves in white mica a few months ago. I wondered if you could make me some flat triangles without seams, same style as the mica shades with the leaves. I will use them to fill in some wooden triangle shaped openings in my post and beam home… I really hope this is something you would be interested in doing. Please let me know. Thanks,
Nancy, Connecticut
Shades by Mary Shilman

“…The creators of most trench art objects will forever remain anonymous, but they leave a poignant legacy to the spirit of these talented artists who took scraps from the detritus of war and transformed them into a variety of beautiful objects.
The pairing of Sue Johnson’s exceptionally beautiful shades with decorated shell casings from World War I represents a further transformation in the life of these historical objects.”
Jane Kimball, N.M.
Author of “Trench Art: An Illustrated History”

t54 Asian Metal Table Lamp, Amber Mica Square Lampshade with Hand-cut Dandelion Design

Hi Mary–
I just wanted to let you know that T-54 has landed!!! It came through without any problem and is just gorgeous. Thank you so much!
Peggy, Boston, MA
Lamp shade by Sue Johnson
See the details Asian metal Table Lamp >

Getting your newsletter today reminded me that I have been meaning to send you a thank you for your generosity in re-doing the shades for my lamps. It took a long time to get the lamps right …in part because I was out of town a lot, but now that I have the lamps, I adore them. The redone shades are perfect for the lamps, and for the room.
I very much appreciate your willingness to work with me until I was happy.
Stephanie, San Francisco, CA
Lamp shades by Jill Lawrence

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