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″