Mpingo Fairy House Lantern


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I made Mpingo Fairy House lantern on the potter’s wheel, using an iron bearing stoneware clay.  First I throw the body and then I alter it.  A wooden meat tenderizing hammer provides texture.  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 exacto knife.  I don’t use patterns.  It’s all done intuitively.

After I bisque-fired Mpingo Fairy house lantern, I mixed oxides and washed the surface.  Then I fired to 2200 degrees.  Some after-firing rust-colored metallic paint is applied to provide more depth.

Hang the fairy house from a hook in a tree.  Set it on a patio table, along a spa, or on the deck.

You may also use the fairy house inside to add ambiance to any table, niche, or tub area.

Wired door accommodates tealight or votive candles.  Stuff the fairy house with as many candles as will fit.  Wired handle/hanger.

8″ high x 4″ x 4″