I made Dancing leaf lantern as a cylinder on the potter’s wheel. Next I altered the form from the inside out and attached a slab floor. I rolled a second slab of clay for the roof, impressing the clay with a batik design before attaching it. After assembly, the little fairy house is pierced. I pierce each lantern intuitively, working from the personality of the piece. There is no stencil. I cut shapes across the surface imagining how they will look when lit.
After bisque firing Dancing Leaf Lantern, I rubbed iron oxide over the piece fired it a second time to 2200 degrees. A wired door accommodates tea lights or votive candles. Use real candles for best effects. 7”H.
Hang the dancing leaf lantern in a tree or on a hook. Set it in a flower bed, or use on a table or spa top, indoors or out.
Enjoy the duality of the lantern. By day, it is the form. By night the form recedes and it is the light from within.