Andrew and I just got back home from a wonderful weekend away in Charlotte, NC. We had the joy and privilege of watching and celebrating the marriage of two wonderful friends from Houghton get married, Luke and Margaret. Before we left for our flight late afternoon on Friday, I was anxious and eager to finish the work I started on my lanterns. They were the perfect hardness to cut and carve out the designs and patterns for the lanterns and I needed to get them done before we left and it would be too late. I am quite happy with how they turned out and am eager to get them fired. I have enough to load my kiln for another bisque fire and then I can have my first test glaze fire. Two of the lanterns have handles to hang off the top of them – and I am happy with how they turned out. My only fear is that everything has dried out evenly. I will have to see for myself tomorrow.
It took me a minute or two to figure out which way I needed the handle to curve and attach to the top. I think it adds a nice touch to the lantern. Pictures don’t always show proportions well, but these lanterns stand somewhere between 13 and 20 inches tall. The idea is for these to house pillar candles. Now they just need to survive the kiln!