Posted by: Kath Usitalo | May 9, 2012

Homemade: Luminature Design

Lori McCarthy looks at a lampshade she made from a vintage burlap potato sack

Lori McCarthy is making Michigan a brighter place with the lighting fixtures she and her husband Paul are creating in the barn on their mid-mitten farmland.

I met Lori when at her Luminature shop in Owosso, where she sold her work and that of several other artists who handcraft home goods, many made of recycled and repurposed items.

I really want the chandelier made of an antique hay pulley and ropeThis is not your grandma’s chandelier, and not something you’ll find at a big box store.

I also like her fixtures with pine cones; they’re comparable in price to something shipped from overseas but of better quality—and made by someone who actually knows what a pine cone is.

See her work on Facebook and check out my story about Lori (and her new location in Corunna) in the latest issue of Michigan Country Lines magazine

Email Lori at or phone 989-472-7290.

Lori’s designs are cut from steel, finished, and made into lamps or wall decor; she created a series of train designs when Owosso, home of the Steam Railroading Institute, hosted a national train festival


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