I made Tea House Lantern on the potter’s wheel, using an iron bearing stoneware clay. First I throw the body and then I alter it. An Indonesian batik wood block creates texture for window frames and door. 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-fire the lantern, I then fire it for 34 hours in a wood burning kiln. It goes in without any glaze. The surface is created by the atmosphere, intense heat, and contact with flame, wood ash, and salt vapors in the kiln.
Hang the fairy house from a hook or in a tree. Set it on a patio table, along a spa, or on the deck.
You may also use the lantern inside to add ambiance to any table, niche, or tub area.
Wired door accommodates tealight or votive candles. Stuff the lantern with as many candles as will fit. 9″ high x 4″ x 4″