Lantern-making

My inspiration for lanterns comes from a love of the vessel form, the immediacy and variability of the (American style) raku-firing process, and the transforming effects of illumination.

With a suitable clay body, I form the clay into vessels by turning it on a potter's wheel.  After trimming the base, I shape and perforate each lantern by hand. After each form is chalk-dry, I load the electric kiln for biscuit firing.

From the electric kiln, I unload pots and prepare them for the glazing phase. Each lantern is painted with combinations of glazes to create the desired effect.

Once glazes are dry, I prepare the small gas-fired kiln for my version of the raku-firing process which is a departure from the traditional Japanese approach in the Raku family tradition.

After Firing and a carbonizing reduction stage, I scrub each lantern, set it to dry, and then attach a metal handle.