Salt Glaze Fairy House


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I made Salt Glaze Fairy House on the potter’s wheel, using an iron bearing stoneware clay body.  I start by throwing a cylinder and then I square the cylinder and alter it with my finger from the inside.  A meat tenderizing hammer provides the patterning for the body of the Salt Glaze Fairy House

I attach a slab bottom, then roll out a slab of clay for the roof.  A pattern is created using Indonesian batik block.  Once the roof is attached, a door is cut.

Finally, the lantern is ready for piercing.  I have a feel for the personality that guides my choices about where to place the holes.  I like a lyrical and interesting cut out design.

After the lantern is bisque fired and then wood fired to approximately 2400 degrees F.  Salt introduced late in the firing vaporizes to form a glaze referred to as “orange peel” in this special case!

Now you have yourself a beautiful and functional lantern that can sit inside or outside: on the dinner table, a side table, by the bath, in a niche, on the patio, in a flower bed, or hung in a tree.  Wired door accommodates tea candles.  7″H x 3″ x 3″