This June I have the honor and the privilege of attending and standing, in the wedding of my close friend (and college roommate). It was so much fun when I last saw her, to talk about the wedding, her vision for the ceremony and reception, the color scheme, and all those fun details. One of the things that came up a few times was the use of lanterns. She was talking about how the reception would be decoration and then visions for the church. That idea was currently a blank canvas, so I started thinking of some things that could be done. I was married just over a year ago myself, so I was able to offer up a few ideas and maybe some actual items that could be borrowed. (My old bedroom closet is a small wedding retail store at the present. Shelves are filled with left over candles, glassware, chargers, etc. My mom and I joke that when people come over to borrow things for their wedding, they are brought into the “store” and then the closet doors are opened.)
My idea was to throw smaller lanterns on the wheel that can hang on shepherds crooks. These could line the aisle of the church and hang every other pew. My roommate lit up to the idea and wanted to give it a try. So I made about 20 of these lanterns and they will all be glazed in my cobalt crystalline glaze. If they turn out well, then I would love to see them be used for the wedding. Otherwise, it was a great project and I can definitely use them for my show in the fall. (Yes, I am having my first show this fall in MD!) Here is how they are turning out so far.
It was a little tough to trim these. I had to flip them upside down and insert the lantern into a large thrown cylinder that would be able to hold the lantern securely and keep it level, without crushing the rounded top. Once the foot was trimmed nicely and made smooth, the circular cut-outs were added and loop handles were attached to the top.
The picture to the left is how they will actually hang. When they are sitting on the table, they are upside-down. There are three holes near the rim for wire or small chain to loop through that will allow the lanterns to hang on the shepherd’s crook. The attached handle that hangs off the bottom is for an added detail and decoration. (Ribbons tied to the bottom might be an added elegance. We can give it a try). Small pillar candles will be able to sit inside the lanterns allowing the light to shine through the circular cutouts. I am excited about these and whether or not they will be used for this wedding, it was a great project to tackle and they will definitely be used for something! Let me know what you think, Rutabaga! (No, that is not her real name!)