Shinto Hut Lantern


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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