I made Chunky Tea House Lantern on the potter’s wheel, using an iron bearing stoneware clay. First I throw the body and then I alter it. A wooden meat tenderizing hammer provides texture to the window frames. The floor is attached from a rolled slab of clay. A roof is thrown on the wheel and also attached. Putting the roof on before it gets too stiff allows the clay to droop and swoop naturally!
And once the form is complete, I cut the door and pierce the body with an exacto knife. I don’t use patterns. It’s all done intuitively.
After I bisque-fired Chunky Tea House Lantern, I fired the piece for 34 hours in a wood burning kiln to 2400 degrees F. The lantern goes into the kiln “naked”, with just some slip on the roof. The intense heat of the kiln and the reduction in oxygen creates the deep brown and fully vitrified surface.
Hang the fairy house from a hook in a tree. Set it on a patio table, along a spa, or on the deck. It’s made chunky so it can sit in a landscape setting.
You may also use the fairy house inside to add ambiance to any table, niche, or tub area.
Wired door accommodates tealight or votive candles. Stuff the lantern with as many candles as will fit. Wired handle/hanger.
10″ high x 5″ x 5″