ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Art Project: How to make a pottery vase or pitcher into a gideons lamp

Updated on August 9, 2012
Gideons Lamp
Gideons Lamp | Source

Make a Beautiful Gideons Lamp

This is a fun project for Cub scouts or Sunday School, first Grade or anywhere you have kids or adults who like crafts or a Bible story.
Turn a Green ware pitcher or a stoneware vase into a beautiful Lamp.

Things you will need:

Þ Either a greenware or stoneware pot of your choice.

Þ Little pot to hold the candle upright.

Þ Candle

Þ Drill

Þ Small Saw blade


1. Choose your Greenware Pot

Choose Green Ware Pottery (Unfired Ceramic)
or soft stoneware that can be drilled and cut.
Choose a pot or Vase that would make a nice decorative lamp and if it happens to be Green Ceramic (available at ceramic shops everywhere) You also have the option of choosing your color of Glaze.

Your local Ceramic Supply store should have what you need in stock but in case they do not have it, I have attached some Ebay auctions at right with keyword searches... Hopefully some of them will be useful Greenware perfectly fit for your use in this project.. If you do not see it there, Click one of them and then change the search criteria in Ebay... What you are looking for should pop right up. Use words like Pottery, Green Ceramic, Greenware, Stone ware, Urn, Stoneware etc.


2. Cutting the Hole

Take the Vase and secure it in your lap so that is does not get broken as you drill and cut it.

For Wet Green ware (unfired and undried ceramic) you may simply cut the hole with a butter knife.

Stoneware you will need to use a drill and Carbide Masonry bits... (Carefully with slow speed and light downward pressure.)
Also: Be carefull when using a drill not to hurt yourself in the process.

***My advice is to use Green ware so that you do not need to use a drill all. It's Much simpler and safer to just cut it with a plastic knife.


3. Remove the Plug

Once you have the desired shape drilled, Now remove the Plug.
If you want to you can use the Plug as a door by adding some pretty little brass hinges and a hasp.(Hobby shop or hardware item)

Now you may have the ceramic shop fire the vase to bisque.
After it has been fired the first time you may Glaze it to the colors of your choice.

If you are doing this project with soft stoneware skip to next step


4. Prepare the Candle

Use a little pot to hold the candle. This will keep the candle from tipping over so easy in the larger pot and make handling it much easier.

5. Insert Insert the Candle into the lamp... Admire your work!!!



    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Liz Goltra profile image

      Liz Goltra 

      8 years ago

      Cool idea! Voted up. Thanks!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)