I made Treeknot Fairy House Lantern on the potter’s wheel and then altered the form quite a bit. I stamped clay cut-outs with a batik block printer and attached them to the main body. A meat tenderizing hammer makes great texture!
After completing construction of Treeknot Fairy House Lantern, I cut an arched 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, I rubbed iron oxide all over the surface to darken and deepen the color. Then I brushed blue, cream, and gold glazes in areas over the piece, varying the surface. The finished piece reminds me of a battered treeknot that is now home to fairies.
I fired Treeknot Fairy House Lantern to 2200 degrees in my electric kiln. 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 4″ diameter