Exposing the Coil: Clay Luminaries

student examples

Wikipedia says: “a luminaria, or farolito is a light or little lantern, usually a candle inside a paper lampshade…”

While your Pueblo inspired pots were formed with smoothing the carefully stacked coils, in this project you will be leaving the coils exposed, as well as consciously leaving spaces for light to enter and exit your pot, in order to create a coil luminaria.

Project Specs:
• Your coils should be an even thickness, relative to the size of your luminaria, and carefully adhered to each other.
• You must have at least 5 different types of coil treatment on your luminaria.
• Your luminaria should be no shorter than 5” and no taller than 9”.
• Your base needs to be large enough to fit a “tea” light candle, but may be no larger than 5” in diameter.
• Your base may not be square; you are encouraged to challenge yourself with the base shape.
• Within your own luminaria you must use repetition of coils to create rhythm and unity within your piece. (see examples)
• You need to have a general plan of the types of coils you might use in your sketchbook.
• You will be using glaze, yet it should not detract from the surface decoration determined by your coils.
• Create something you LOVE!!

Please start by looking at the coil examples. Find at least three coil pot examples that contain coil methods you wish to try; print out (smallish) and put into your sketchbook, then create and draw a loose plan (size, types of coils) to follow.