I have been thinking a lot lately about what direction I would like for my work to head. I know I do not want to be stuck doing dishware and mugs. Don’t get me wrong, those are great and an easy avenue for constant work that I will greatly accept the business for, but I want to jump into a series of work that I am really excited to explore and see what other things stem off from this. So, what have I come up with? Lanterns! I love candles and candle holders, so creating a series of work that can hold various types of candles seemed like an interesting step to take.
If you know me, then you know just how much I love candles. I am sitting in my living room as I write this and can count 13 candles just in this room! One of my favorite ways to display candles are in lanterns. I love the look and ambiance they create in them. I started looking up various styles of lanterns thinking I could be inspired to create my own lantern off the wheel. This is when I came upon Moroccan lanterns. I have always loved the looks of these and their style and wanted to make my version of a Moroccan lantern. This picture shows the four lanterns I came up with that I want to make. I realize I did sketch this on my church bulletin, but no I didn’t do it during the service (it was during the meeting afterwards). Oops! I am throwing these lanterns in two and three pieces (depending on the form) and then piecing them together with slip.
Matching up the proper lantern top with its body, I connected them to form one smooth piece. Once they were connected, I trimmed any unnecessary clay and smoothed out the walls using a rubber rib. The clay was almost leather-hard. Tomorrow I plan to add handles to two of the lanterns and make the cut-outs into the bodies. This is best done when the clay is leather-hard.