I made Shinto Hut Lantern on the potter’s wheel in two parts, using an iron bearing stoneware clay. First I threw a conical shaped form without a floor. Then I altered the form to establish a “footprint” and corners. When the body is stiffened slightly, I attached a slab floor and a draped roof that I textured with a meat tenderizing mallet. Take that! A twisted knob adds character and functionality to the piece.
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. This form felt a little a leaf landing on an ancient boulder to me.
After I bisque-fired Shinto Hut Lantern, I loaded the lantern, with many other pots, in my wood burning kiln and fired with my crew for about 38 hours to approximately 2400 degrees. The result is a rich brown and rather subtle surface with remnants of salt, ash, and carbon trapping.
Set your lantern on a patio table, along a spa, or on the deck. Place in a flower bed as a landscape feature.
Add a bit of whimsy and ambiance to your bath or nook or bedroom. Use tealights or a small votive candles. 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 tealight or votive candles. Knob handle for carrying.
Makes a great wedding, housewarming, holiday, anniversary, or anytime gift! Start your own collection!
See also Hanging Leaf Lantern