I ran into Wendy and Connie a few weeks ago, doing a ‘pop-up’ event at Colonnades, making clay lanterns with passing children and adults. The plan was to make 100 altogether and then to use them at community events, starting this week at Carols Night. It was a great fun to make the clay strips and decorate them with stamps or rollers – you can see in the pictures.
The strips were then stuck to balloons with thinned down clay and water, and when dry the balloons would be popped and the curvy lanterns, all individual, fired in a kiln.
There were a few hiccups on the way – Wendy’s dog Nilla, only a puppy and just learning, busted a few before they were finished, but it was a pretty straightforward project, funded by Communities for Children. I love the idea of it – each lantern is unique, like each person, with the candle light (even when they are just little battery operated candles) representing ‘the light in each of us’. Ohhhhh…
Thanks Connie, Wendy and all the lantern makers for this lovely artwork, and a very happy Christmas to everyone.