Decorating. Holes are then made in the leather hard clay. Using things such as the needle tool and the hole making tool, a variety of hole sizes were punched. Hopefully when the tea light in places at the bottom of the lantern, the chandlers light will shine through these holes. They will shrink a bit when fired.
Drying. This small lantern is bone dry. It has been sitting out and is ready to be fired. Although it appears to be very dry, if it was soaked in water it would eventually return to a softer stage.
Fired. This is the narrow-to-wide lantern design after it was fired in the kiln. In a final attempt to perfect the piece, sand paper is used. The sand paper will gently grind off any sharp edges and smooth the surface once more. Now that it is bisque and soft, it is ready to be glazed.