Moroccan Lanterns

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.

Sketches for lanterns

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.

Lantern bodies

Lantern tops

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.

Lantern pieced together

Lanterns setting to reach leather-hardness

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  • Gramma V

    I love candles too, Arryn – am excited about your new work. Keep creating!!ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Gramma! I am going to mix my glazes this week…so that means your pitcher will be glazed soon! Don’t worry I haven’t forgotten! Start up for my pottery has taken longer than I thought, but thank you for being so patient and supportive!ReplyCancel

  • Gramma V

    I love candles too, Arryn – am excited about your new work. Keep creating!!ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Gramma! I am going to mix my glazes this week…so that means your pitcher will be glazed soon! Don’t worry I haven’t forgotten! Start up for my pottery has taken longer than I thought, but thank you for being so patient and supportive!ReplyCancel

  • How exciting! I love this idea!ReplyCancel

  • How exciting! I love this idea!ReplyCancel

  • Wow I am excited to see how these turn out and possibly purchasing one!!! You’re so creative.ReplyCancel

  • Wow I am excited to see how these turn out and possibly purchasing one!!! You’re so creative.ReplyCancel

  • Michele Prince

    These look great and what a great idea! I love your innovation 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Michele Prince

    These look great and what a great idea! I love your innovation 🙂ReplyCancel

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