The Jewel | Texas Children's Hospital Pavilion for Women

The art glass lighting design above the main lobby information desk of Texas Children's Hospital Pavilion for Women, is comprised of a twenty one 26" high by 12" diameter flattened pod shaped glass shades on custom designed and fabricated pendants. A smaller version with twenty one 18" high by 8" diameter shades is located on the third floor above the check-in desk.Our task was to imagine a show piece considered The Jewel of the hospital, appealing to the female clientele with sensitivity to their current emotional needs. Created, was a feminine accessory that drapes the main lobby like a necklace, at once accenting and guiding patients to the information desk, located within the expansive space of the main lobby. Research was done in-house as to desired shade shapes and color preferences. Wimberley Glassworks custom designed the pendant to support the weight of the blown glass shades, reinforced by airline cable to meet earthquake standards should the fixture fail. Additionally, there was a need for the socket and bulb to be positioned at center to the shade versus at the top. All pendants were engineered, with licensed custom fabrication, meeting UL listing.Final designs evolved through several meetings with Jim O'Neill, the owner of Inventure Design, an interiors architectural firm based in Houston, and the client. As a turn-key project, a light box positioning schematic and assembly drawings were provided, with installation being completed by onsite electricians.


Certain budget constraints were adhered to, along with LEED requirements.

Wimberley Glassworks has been creating custom handblown lighting in our Texas studio since 1992. Our lighting is unique in that it's a combination of handblown art glass shades that you can pair with one of the hand forged fixtures from Hubbardton Forge or your existing fixture. The result is a UL listed, high quality, hand crafted work, that will fill a room with an ambiance of art and colored light. Wimberley Glassworks can also help you design hand crafted art glass and lighting for your architectural spaces. Our professional team of artists and designers can engineer custom pieces to your exact specifications or create a completely customized proposal that will be open minded and creative, yet integrated and realistic. The appeal of our art glass lighting isn’t just visually based, our craft transcends most conventional models and mass produced options by utilizing artist based custom blown glass lighting designs that complement and brand the spaces they are in.

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