I made Batik Hut lantern on the potter’s wheel, using an iron bearing stoneware clay body. Next I square the cylinder and alter it with my finger from the inside while paddling from the outside. A meat texturing hammer provides the rest of the patterning for the body of the Batik Hut Lantern.
I attach a slab bottom, then roll out a slab of clay for the roof. A pattern is created using Indonesian batik block. Once the roof is attached, a door is cut.
Finally, the lantern is ready for piercing. I have a feel for the personality that guides my choices about where to place the holes. I like a lyrical and interesting cut out design.
After the lantern is bisque fired, I rub Iron Oxide into the entire piece and fire it again, this time to 2200 degrees.
Now you have yourself a beautiful and functional lantern that can sit inside or outside: on the dinner table, a side table, by the bath, in a niche, on the patio, in a flower bed, or hung in a tree. Wired door accommodates tea or votive candle. 7″H x 3″ x 3″