Have you ever tried making really tiny lidded pots? It ain’t easy. I remember when I was in high school, seeing a Ceramics Monthly magazine with an article about a woman who made teeny, tiny little pots for doll houses. I couldn’t believe anyone could work that small, I still can’t. The images of those pots just stick in my mind. Well these pots of mine are not that small, but are tiny… approximately 2.5″.
You would think, the smaller the pot, the easier it would be to make, and it should probably be very inexpensive. I have been making these tiny keepsakes the past few months and have realized the effort and loss factor in trimming a pot and lid that is less than a 1/4 lb is very time-consuming!
These little cuties are named Petite Keepsakes and are listed on my urns page of my website. (I hope to get these new photos on the website soon). These are made with the intention of holding a precious memory, like a piece of jewelry, a poem, a love note, or storing a tiny bit of ashes from a loved one who has passed on.
It is now March and I have been meaning to write this post since January.
January and February is my time to play catch up making urns. This year was no different, except much busier than other years. This is my 5th year in the cremation urn business. Making urns is very meaningful for me… I am making something for a very difficult time in a person’s life. Sometimes it is hard, I listen over the phone, or though emails, while a person is grieving, or put a hand on a shoulder when someone comes to the studio. Most times I’m sending out an urn through the internet, without knowing who the urn is for. So often I get an email after the urn was received… people are so grateful for a handmade object, something of beauty. When my parents died 12 years ago, it was all the kind gestures of others that helped get me through. It was also the beauty of nature, or art, that took me away, and soothed my soul. It was at that time I first thought about making urns. I hoped someday that I could help others get through the difficulty of losing someone you love, by creating something useful and beautiful. At the same time, do what I love most… make pots.
If you’re interested in reading more about my urns check out Studio Potter Winter 2009 and or The Crafts Report, November 2008
Here is a slide show of a large classic urn form in process. To see all the finished urns visit Lucia Pottery.
So my etsy shop is open, with just eight things so far, hopefully more to come this week. I’m overwhelmed. You start one new thing and your focus goes totally there… everything else drops off. It happened when I started blogging, then facebook, now etsy. Etsy is a good thing, but takes so much time to photograph everything well, and to network well. And it’s only going to be a good thing if you do all these things well. I’m finding it to be like all other marketing… it all takes time… time that I never seem to have enough of!
On top of trying to get the etsy shop started last week, the making of pottery couldn’t stop. I shipped out four cremation urns in two days, that rarely happens, and it made me realize how low my stock of urns is. So I made quite a few urns last week, some are quite large… it is physically very tiring. Then there is the whole emotional aspect of making urns, I will have another whole post on that soon.
For years I have been wanting to create a pot that does not have to be fired, but can still serve a function and be used… I guess it’s the environmentalist in me. Every time I fire that kiln I think about where is the energy coming from. I ask myself what can I make that is still considered pottery, and leave its mark on someone’s life, but will also leave just a little mark on our resources.
So what would a pot like this entail?
For the past year I have been working on this idea for an urn made of recycled paper, and recycled clay. I have been making urns for people and their pets for the past five years. So making a biodegradable urn made so much sense for me. It does not have to be fired because there is so much paper in it… so think of it as handmade paper with clay to give it form.
Here is a little slide show of the urns. I took these photos last fall in our back woods near the Green River.
See this and all of my work on my brand new website coming tomorrow at noon! www.luciapottery.com
So it’s that time of year again… all is quiet in the pottery studio after the holidays. It is my time to really focus on cremation urns, a big part of my pottery biz. I have been photgraphing new work this past week. These are some images that will soon go up on the website, (which is in the process of getting a make-over.) If your interested in learning more about my urns go to my website, or read about it in Studio Potter, Winter 09.
Coming down from the Pottery Trail. Now preparing for summer shows and making urns to have in stock. Here is a photo of me making a keepsake urn, with a view (on the window sill) of the new pattern on one of these tiny urns.
Here’s a look at my newer urns from 2008. .. Go to cremation urn page at top.
Ahhh, working on the porch in sweet summertime!
It’s always that same feeling… will I have enough work… am I really ready… will anyone show up? And it always seems to work out… even if the glaze on my best two pitchers stuck to the kiln shelf.
Here are photos of my apprentice Pam setting up, my friend Mary Ellen cleaning windows… some urns too.
One of the reasons I started a blog is to get images of my work out there sooner. Although I love the work my web designer does, he does have a life, and sometimes it takes awhile to get stuff changed. This week he put the new photos up and will soon get the info and pricing up.
Here is another peek at the new work. This one was made with the intention of the light within each one of us. This is a double walled thrown container with literally hundreds of holes in the outer wall…. time consuming…. yes, but worth it, especially with a votive placed under it. When a loved one dies we should all be reminded of the light…. their spirit which lives on!