I made Guadalupe Spirit House Lantern on the potter’s wheel, starting with conical form. Then I altered it from the outside with my fingers almost like drawing. I stamped a drape of clay with a batik block print design and overlaid it. I see the form as past and future. A traditional or archetypal figure of hope. Representing human and animal worlds.
When the form was complete, I cut out a door in the rear that accommodates tealight or votive candles. I knew from the start that my piercing would be a screen in the front oval shape and no place else. A light shining through like a beacon of hope.
Iron oxide rubbed into the surface of Guadalupe Spirit House Lantern enhances the surface. Then I poured a little cream glaze over the surface in some areas for contrast – light and dark. Past and future.
I fired Guadalupe Spirit House Lantern to 2200 degrees F. Use indoors or outside. 10″ High