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Ceramic Slab Lanterns
Transcript of Ceramic Slab Lanterns
Japanese Ceramic Lanterns
Japanese stone lanterns, or Ishidoro, were originally used to light the grounds of sacraed temples, and private gardens. They were introduced through Buddhism in the 6th century.
"Light helps us overcome the darkness of ignorance"
1.) Research Japanese Ceramic Lanterns and answer questions on your blogs
2.) Plan and sketch at least 3 different lantern styles and pick your strongest. Include subtractive spaces for your loom. This is where you decide if you want a straight loom or a circle loom.
3.) Create your template, or use one of the pre-made templates. If your lantern has a base, make the base bigger! Use a ruler and a pencil to draw out your template on mat board. Be sure to use the ruler correctly, using the straight edge to connect the measurements.
Roll out clay 1/2" thick through the slab roller. The clay needs to be inbetween the canvas cloth.
Put texture pad on top of the slab and roll back through the slab roller inbetween the canvas cloth.
Step 7 & 8
7.) Cut bevel into the edges of your lantern. This is needed to connect your corners together
Examples of Contemporary Lanterns
Research Japanese Ceramic Lanterns and what the mean in Japanese culture. I want you to look at the designs of the lanterns and think about how you can incorporate those designs into your lantern. I also want you to research what weaving is. Lookup these vocabulary words and define them: warp, welf, loom.
Place your template on top of your slab and cut around it. You need to cut however many sides your lantern has. If it is a round lantern you cut around your template (1 long side) and then your base. Set on paper towels, place paper bag over, and put away to become leather hard.
8.) Score your beveled edges, or the parts your are going to attach together.
Place slip onto the scored, beveled edges and then gently press together. This should only be done when the slab pieces are leather hard.
Use the wooden tool to press the sides into each other "stitch", then smooth out.
Roll a small coil and add to the interior seams, then blend together to reinforce the bond.
Add a slab flange to the interior of the base. Do this to secure the base to the inside of the lantern. You only need to do this if you have a closed lantern that needs to be lifted to insert a candle
Once you're done, set it out to become bone dry. After it is fired, you will glaze in your choice of under and over glazes.
*Do NOT glaze the pierced holes of your loom, VERY IMPORTANT!!!*
After your slabs are leather hard, cut out the subtractive space for your loom. These can be organic shapes for circle weavings, or rectangular or square for straight weavings.
Do not pierce your loom holes until you
have put your lantern together!! You need
have an uneven amount of holes!
How to Weave:
Students will describe Japanese Ceramic Lanterns and answer questions through research
Students will construct a lantern out of the slab building technique
Students will combine multiple techniques including piercing, subtracting, and weaving while using tools responsibly
Students will apply texture, glaze, weaving to their lanterns
Students will interpret their artwork through self-critique on their blogs