I made Forest Nymph Fairy House as a conical form on the potter’s wheel using an iron bearing stoneware clay. Next, I altered the form from the inside out so that it resembles a tree of sorts. Then, I attached a slab floor. I rolled a second slab of clay for the roof and impressed it a batik block stamp design before attaching it. After assembly, the 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. A door is cut to follow the form.
After bisque firing Forest Nymph Fairy House, I fire it again for 34 hours. This time in a wood burning kiln. The piece goes in naked. Natural ash melts to form a glaze. Also, salt that is introduced late in the firing vaporizes and forms an “orange peel” glaze. Some charring from contact with coals adds to the unique and other-worldly charm.
Set it in a flower bed, or use on a table or spa top, indoors or out. Wired door accommodates tealight and votive candles. A wire handle may also be added upon request so you can hang the Forest Nymph Fairy House in a tree or on a hook.
Enjoy the duality of the lantern. By day, it is all about the form and surface. By night the form recedes and it is the light from within that captures the imagination.