Like many of the slab pieces illustrated on these pages, the method of making them is extremely simple for beginners and experts. See the detailed explanation in section #3 called Making Slab Pieces.
The center piece resembles a square beehive with a round top. The four slab sides and bottom were made from slabs and assembled. The top was a circle with a large wedge cut out. Then, like making a pointed paper drinking cup, it was bent and shaped into a wide cone and attached to the top of the "house." A decorative pattern was pressed into the walls of the house and a dark brown glaze painted on it. The top cone has a sand-colored glaze with brown rocks that resembles a thatched roof. There is a door cut in the front (or back if you prefer) for the insense and a hole of about 1/2" diameter cut near the peak of the conical roof to vent the smoke. Windows could have been added.
The little triangular shaped "thing" with eyes and a mouth (vent for the smoke) is simply three
triangular slabs joined together to make a 3-D triangle. then a slab base with ridge sides was made
in which to sit the "creature". You lift the "thing" off its base to place the incense and light it. The
smoke comes out of the "mouth." We got the idea from a Gumby Cartoon years ago where little
clay creatues like this were chasing Gumby and Pokey around. All pieces were fired to cone 06.
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