I've had several requests for free standing shrines; here are two from the last firing. These garden houses are a take off from the shrines and the church buildings I've made in the past. I made this one deeper so a votive or candle holder fits nicely inside. I added feet so the bottom can be decorated and glazed. I also textured all the surfaces and it's glazed instead of slip painted. With an overhanging roof, water or humidity will shed nicely if it's placed outside.
The glaze broke nicely on the highly textured surfaces which was what I wanted. One caveat is the this glaze changes color in the inside space. Can you see the blue on the inside? Perhaps that's where I put the glaze on thicker or maybe it's hotter or cooler inside the building during the firing.
With this one I made little star cut outs to lighten the interior but other than that there is no opening. This one is more of a spirit or fairy house. They can come and go as they please through the small openings but others can only peer inside. I have some ideas for skylights or a chimney I might add to future pieces. I also have several more ideas for night lights and bird houses. More about those later.
As the shadows grew long at the end of the day I looked outside to see a cottontail browsing in the grass outside my window. I took the photos through the window and the screen so they aren't the best but I just had to show you. A few minutes later I saw another cottontail scurrying around. These little guys were running here and there, just for the fun of it, it seemed. So sweet they were.
I haven't forgotten about the versatile blogger award I received from Julia and Suzi, but I don't have my thoughts organized completely for that. Stay tuned for more pedestal bowls from the last firing coming up next. Thanks for reading and for all your comments and Happy Valentines Day to you all.