I made Tree Knot Fairy House on the potter’s wheel from an iron-bearing clay. First I thrown a conical form, then I alter the form with my finger from the inside quite a bit. Stamping a clay slab with a batik block printer creates texture for the roof. A meat tenderizing hammer for the final texture!
After completing construction of Tree Knot Fairy House, I cut a door that accommodates votive candles. Now it’s ready to pierce. At this point, I have a good feel for the lantern’s unique personality. I don’t use a stencil for piercing. I use intuition, varying the holes to make interesting light patterns.
After I bisque fired the lantern, the piece is then wood fired for about 34 hours to 2400 degrees F or hotter. This particular fairy house sat on a shelf very close to the fire box of the kiln creating a uniquely “ancient” look to the surface.
Use it inside on a table, side board, beside the tub. Use the lantern outside as well, in a flower bed, or on the hot tub, or on a patio table.
9″ High x 5.5″ diameter