I made Tibetan Temple Lantern on the potter’s wheel as a cylinder and then altered it into a square. I next attached a slab bottom and cut a second slab of clay for the roof. A serrated rib and a meat texturing hammer give the roof character and interest. After the roof is attached, I cut out a door.
Now it’s time to embellish. I’ve been loving this batik block print stamp for texture. In this piece, I cut the pieces up after rolling the texture and then embellished the lantern. Rolled clay is patterned by using a batik stamp and then cut into pieces. I use these pieces to frame a door and front “window”. The embellishments remind me of Tibetan temple architecture.
Tibetan Temple Lantern is emerging! In this piece, I used a more pattern set of piercings concentrated inside the architectural features. A handle is the final touch.
After the lantern has been bisque fired, I rub iron oxide across the surface to set off the design. I brushed a bit of gold glaze over some areas as well and then fired the lantern to 2200 degrees F.
Now you have a beautifully functional touch of magic to add to your home or garden. Use inside on a dining table, side table, tub ledge, or niche. Use outside on the patio, in the garden, or hang in a tree!
Wired door accommodates tea or votive candles. 7″ H x 3″ x 3″