I made Gumshoe Fairy House on the potter’s wheel, using an iron bearing stoneware clay. First I throw the body and then I alter it. 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 Exact-o knife. I don’t use patterns. It’s all done intuitively.
After I bisque-fired Gumshoe Fairy House, I fired the piece for 34 hours in a wood burning kiln to 2400 degrees F. The lantern goes into the kiln as bare clay. A natural ash glaze formed on the roof during the process of firing. The intense heat of the kiln, the reduction in oxygen, and contact with the coal bed created the deep grays and browns over the fully vitrified surface.
The overall personality of this lantern reminds me of the style of the old black and white detective flicks.
Hang the fairy house from a hook in a tree. Set it on a patio table, along a spa, or in a flower bed.
You may also use the fairy house inside to add ambiance to any table, niche, or tub area.
Wired door accommodates tealight candles. Stuff the lantern with as many candles as will fit. Wired handle/hanger.
7″ high x 3″ x 3″