Visiting Artist: Charlie Reed

Coming up at Two Hands Paperie, our Visiting Arist Series continues with local artist Charlie Reed.

When asked, “What do you do with all this paper?”. Charlie Reed gave us a wonderful response. He builds lamps (from scratch, mind you). But before Charlie comes and works this Friday, October 26th from 2:00-5:00 pm in our shop, we thought we’d give you a behind the scenes look at Charlie Reed.

Charlie’s paper of choice for constructing his lamps is a heavier weight, handmade paper from Nepal called Lokta. “This seems to hold up the best and in my opinion is the best quality you can find on the market. I also like the fact that it is acid free and totally green.” It fits well with his other, all natural elements and materials including found branches, grasses, sticks, and salt cedar. The beautiful bases of his lamps are generally a Colorado Red or Beige flagstone. He noted his use of LED light bulbs as a must, due to the paper’s sensitivity to heat from an incandescent bulb. “It can last up to 20 years and consume 90% less energy than traditional bulbs.”

We inquired, how did you get started making lamps? What a unique art! “I was visting Santa Fe and we were walking around on Canyon Blvd. I spotted this lonely lamp made out of a brown paper bag and a few twigs to hold it together. It was sitting in the corner of a courtyard and  I am not even sure if it was part of a gallery or if it was just a lamp that one of the residents had on their porch. That is when I thought of Two Hands Paperie in Boulder, thinking; wow, I could use some paper from Two Hands and come up with some really interesting lamps. I then took to the internet to see if I could find anything similar and could not find anything. So, basically all of my lamps are all made from the heart and not copied.”

Charlie also sculpts with brass and copper to create beautiful maple and aspen leaves and branches. More of his work, including more photographs of his lamps are available on his website at

We’re excited to present to you Charlie Reed. So stop in this Friday, watch him work and discuss his materials and process. As always, visit for upcoming events and entire class schedule!