The Magic of Color

Stephen Powell's Art

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark: the real tragedy of life is when adults are afraid of the light. -Plato (427-347 B.C.)

On a recent trip to Chicago, I attended SOFA (Sculpture, Objects & Functional Art Exposition).

This annual event showcases some of the premier glass artists in the country.

There were two artists that grabbed my attention with their use of color and light: Stephen Powell, who I have admired for years, and Stephen Knapp, a new artist to me.

How Stephen Knapp Makes Color Dance

Stephan Knapp's blown glass artKnapp uses light and reflection to make colors that appear to dance. He does this by making various shaped glass sandwiches with clear glass and thin slices of color filaments that are hung perpendicular to the wall.

He shines spotlights through the sandwiches creating colored shadows of different shapes.  His light-paintings make visible the light that surrounds us and transforms it into something physical yet transient.

Stephen Powell’s Breathtaking Sculptures

Powell’s sculptures are based on his extensive work with color. He first wraps various colors around a clear glass rod, stretches it out, and cuts it into small round pieces called murini.

These are laid out on a metal plate which is heated. He then heats a clear glass cylinder which is attached to a blowpipe and rolls over the 2,500 murinis and attaches them to the glass bubble. He then gathers more clear glass and blows the bubble out stretching the murine and making them appear three-dimensional. The effect is a breathtaking and delightful.

Color is Delightful at Any Age

“Color delights us from cradle to grave, it grooves some optical pleasure zone that seems almost beyond language, and it is everywhere celebrated in the almost irrepressibly vivacious glass sculpture of Stephen Powell.”

I refer to these two glass artists whose work combines color and light, providing a luminosity that cannot be duplicated with any other medium.

New Interior NightOrbs™ With Polished Marble Base & 25% Off Exterior Orbs

The Power of Color

“We do not live in a black and white world, color is vital to the human experience, color generates a psychic response. Colortheraphy or Chromotherapy is the science which uses different colors to change or maintain vibrations of the body to that frequency which signifies health, ease, and harmony. These color rays may be visible or invisible to the human eye, and they can be applied to the body either physically, through definite exposure to the light rays themselves, or mentally, through techniques of suggestion, visualization, or meditation. Healing by means of color was probably the first type of therapy used by man because It was nature’s own method and a natural device for keeping the organism in balance and rhythm.”

R.B. Amber

A quote from one of my favorite heroes:

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”

-Marcus Aurelius

End of Summer Sale: 25% Off All 8″ & 4″ Exterior NightOrbs™

orb sale

Don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity to get yourself an orb for 25% off! We are running a sale on all 8″ and 4″ exterior orbs. Interested in taking advantage of this deal? Fill out the quote request form on the site! Or call us directly at 484-620-2976.

Hurry! Offer ends 9/15/17. Exclusions may apply.

New Interior NightOrbs™ With Polished Marble Base

Yes, our customers have spoken and we have listened. We now provide NightOrbs™ for interiors in 4″ and 8″ options starting at $175.

8" Phobos Orb With Black Base

8″ Interior Phobos Orb With Black Marble Base

You can select from our standard or single colors for your personal taste.

The interior orbs use regular household 110-volt current. We decided to use an energy efficient LED with the ability to dim the orb using the dimming switch provided.

Shop Our Selection of Interior Orbs

Interior orbs come in two sizes and can be shipped for $25. If you are interested in more custom options, feel free to contact us.

8" Jupiter Orb With Green Base

8″ Jupiter Interior Orb With Green Marble Base

The 8″ interior orb comes with the choice of a black or green marble base. The cost is $450, but we are currently running a special price–$350!

Shop 8″ Interior Orbs

4" Pale Gold Orb

4″ Interior Pale Gold Orb with Black Marble Base

The 4″ interior orb comes with a black marble base and costs $175.

Shop 4″ Interior Orb

Early Spring Sale…50% Off On Selected In Stock 8 inch NightOrbs™

NightOrbs™ is now stocking a selected group of hand blown exterior 8 inch NightOrbs™ and is having a 50% off limited time Early Spring sale on Neptune, Mars and Mercury 8 inch NightOrbs™. This limited one time sale is good until April 30, 2017.

Artisan glass blower Tom Rupnicki is now offering these one-of-a-kind, unique, hand blown popular 8 inch NightOrbs™ in stock to meet your clients needs and tight deadlines.

These NightOrbs™ can be used either inside or outside and are ¼ inch thick and are prefect for adding color and interest to landscapes, waterscapes, healing gardens and interiors.  Contact us by emailing or filling out a request a quote form to order yours today and receive 50% off for Neptune, Mars and Mercury exterior 8 inch NightOrbs™.

Offer is good only for the colors listed above until April 30, 2017 so order today!!!

Hanging Light NightOrbs

A Splash of Color that Lives Through Winter

NightOrbs™ create a magical touch to any exterior. During the day, an outdoor orb adds a splash of color, and a layer of luminosity at night.

A Year-Round Splash of Color

Flowers add vibrance to your garden, but they don’t stick around for winter. NightOrbs™ stay radiant year-round.

Reflect Color and Light

Another great way to incorporate an exterior orb? Add it to a water feature.

Create Magic Among Your Trees

Hanging your NightOrb™ from a tree creates an ethereal look. Your NightOrb™ will be visible from all sides, giving the illusion that it’s floating.

Special thanks to Mr. Tree for trimming our trees.

Which Tool In Your Design Tool Kit Is Often Overlooked? Lighting

Pink NightOrb with Granite BaseInterior designers have many tricks up their sleeves when it comes to creating interior design schemes, and lighting is the tool that is least often used.

Lighting is an essential element to complete any room, and NightOrbs™ has designed products to inspire your creativity.

NightOrbs™ are handmade blown glass orbs made by artesian Tom Rupnicki. When thinking about lighting in a room, why not consider NightOrbs™ for an added splash of color and luminosity?

To bring your interiors alive with lighting; orbs, Orblets™ and Crystal Lights™ are available in a variety of sizes:

  • 4-inch
  • 8-inch
  • 10-inch (crystal lights only)
  • 13-inch
  • 18-inch

You can also create your own custom designs. Our 2017 NightOrbs Catalog is a valuable resource for lighting ideas.

Some Ideas for Your Lighting Tool Kit

Use it as a ceiling light. Matt Cummings at Cummings Architects in Massachusetts added a touch of wonder to his son’s bedroom with an 18 inch Golden NightOrb™.

Create an accent piece. This customer nested their orbs inside of various planters and vases. An Orblet™ makes a great table lamp.

Create task lighting by hanging NightOrbs™ from the ceiling.Check out these 8-inch NightOrbs™ at Suncscape Resort in Curacao.
decorative balls in resort

Add interest with unique shapes. Crystal Lights™ are 10 inches long, 7 inches wide, and 5 inches high. They are illuminated with 20-watt xelogen lamps.

NightOrbs ™ Announces Contest Winner

custom orbThank you to everyone who participated in our latest contest to guess the most sold orb patterns over the past 10 years. It helps us better understand your preferences so we can adjust and improve on existing color patterns.

Unfortunately, there was only one winner with a very close second. The person who came the closest was Mr. David Acklin, Aqua Design International, Tucson, AZ.  He will be receiving a custom egg shaped NightOrb™ that uses reddish opal orange cane, corn yellow and cream cane.

Curious about which the top seller Nightorb™ for the past decade?  It’s the Earth Nightorb™ from the Universe collection.

Luminous jewels resting in tall grass Nightorb™ Universe product collection – Earth NightOrb ™.

You can learn more about the Universe collection at


Win This Custom New NightOrb™ Just By Taking Our Survey

“In nature light creates the color. In the picture, color creates the light.”

~Hans Hofmann, Abstract Expressionist Painter

Can You Guess Which Orbs We Have Sold Most Over the Past 10 Years?
night orb

This orb pictured to the right is a beautiful custom egg shaped NightOrb™ that uses reddish opal orange cane, corn yellow and cream cane. This $575.00 NightOrb™ can be yours if you participate in our short survey, which takes less than three minutes!

In the survey, you will sort the orb patterns in order of your favorite to least favorite. The person with the selection of their favorites that most closely match  our most popular orbs over the last 10 years in terms of total sales will win this beautiful egg shaped NightOrb™  In the event of a tie, those entries who came closest will be entered into a random drawing.

Please note that you may only make one submission per email address to be eligible. The contest will end Nov 30, 2016. The winner will be contacted via email initially so we can get shipping info to send the orb. The correct answers will be posted once the contest has concluded.

Click Here To Take the Survey!

La Belle Epoque Inspired Illumination by Max Randolph and Tom Rupnicki

One of our Earth-patterned, egg-shaped orbs was recently integrated into a sculpture over a cooking grill. Notice the white bottom meant to project more light in the cooking area.

glass orb and metal sculpture

This beautiful glass and steel light brings back memories of the Arte Nouveau  Paris Metro entrances.

The metal work was done by artist Max Randolph of Legacy Forge from Atascadero, California.


NightOrbs Blowout Sale (50% Off): Neptune & Mars Patterns

We have recently made too many Neptune & Mars orb patterns that we need to clear out our inventory! As a result, we are currently offering up to 50% off on these patterns.

Interested in taking advantage of this deal? Fill out our request a quote form or call us for your custom order at 484.620.2976.

We apologize to all those clients who submitted inquiries and have not heard from us. There was a glitch in our system and we have recovered all those email addresses that were submitted.

Sale ends July 4th, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to own your very own orb!

Congrats to Our Contest Winner, Ani G.!

Custom Orange OrbThank you to everyone who participated in our latest contest to guess the most sold orb patterns over the past 10 years. It helps us better understand your preferences so we can adjust and improve on existing color patterns.

Unfortunately there was only one winner with a very close second. The person who came the closest was Ani G. of Paradise Designs, Inc. in San Clemente, CA! She will be receiving a custom egg shaped NightOrb™ that uses reddish opal orange cane, corn yellow and cream cane.

For those of you who are curious to know which orb pattern has been the top seller over the past decade–it’s Earth (pictured below)!Earth Orb