So I just picked up the lanterns from the studio. Apparently I decided to glaze them sitting on their rounded bases, so they look a bit differently than I said they would earlier. The base glaze was a glaze called “flow blue” with drips of a purple glaze our studio calls plum. We only have an electric kiln, so purples are always a problem, but nonetheless, they turned out well. Just not purple or blue, or rather the blue turned out a greenish-brown and the purple is pale blue. Heh. Welcome to the world of pottery!
Still I liked the glaze combo enough to glaze the big lantern that way as well. I even did some mugs in that combo. Now I have to figure out how to hang them. I was thinking about using old bike cables, of which I have many, but I would need cable crimps, which appear to be hard to find. The alternative would be cheap chain, like the stuff that you cut off rolls in the hardware store. I will let you know what works.