Hanging Gourd Lantern


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I made Hanging Gourd Lantern on the potter’s wheel in two parts, using an iron bearing stoneware clay.  First I threw a curvy shape with room for a foot and then I threw the roof.  Next I trim the foot of the lantern body and attach the lid and tipped the edge to suggest corners.  The lid is pierced to allow for a hanging wire after firing.

Now it’s time to cut out the door and pierce the body!  I use a sharp, Exacto-style knife.  And I don’t use stencils.  I choose the shape of the cut intuitively as I go, hoping to create a cohesive but visually interesting pattern.

After I bisque-fired Hanging Gourd Lantern, I loaded the lantern, with many other pots, in my wood burning kiln and fired with my crew for about 34 hours to approximately 2400 degrees.  The result is a toasty brown and rather quiet surface with sprays of ash in areas of the body and a natural ash glaze on the lid and door.

Hang your lantern from a hook on a tree branch.  Set it on a patio table, along a spa, or on the deck.

Use the lantern inside as well by hanging from a plant hanger or perhaps from a ceiling hook.  Add a bit of whimsy and ambiance to your bath or nook or bedroom.  Use refillable oil candles from Firefly or a regular votive candle.  If you prefer to use a votive candle, place a square of waxed paper on the floor under the candle in case the candle melts down.

A wired door accommodates either refillable oil candle or votive.  Wire hanging handle.

8.5″ high

See also Hanging Mushroom Lantern