Big Pots, Shellac Resist, and the Flu

Why did I make big pots the first day of the flu?  Well I knew I was only going to get sicker, so while I could, I made ten little pitchers, five large urns for resist work, and three other large urns.  The second day of the flu I made lids, and slept. The third day I trimmed all the pots, and slept.  The fourth day I slept, trimmed lids, joined knobs, and carved urns.  The remaining ten days I’ve slept, carved urns, took photo’s and slept…  and vowed to get a flu shot next year!

Here are some nice shots of the urns in process.  It’s a very long process, between the throwing, trimming, and carving the feet and rim.  Once the pot dries completely liquid wax resist is brushed on to create the floral pattern.  (This process is known as shellac resist or hydro abrasion).  Then comes the long process of rubbing away the clay with a sponge, (which I thought would be a nice sitting down job while not having much energy).  Where there is no resist the clay slowly gets etched away.

willow watching tall urns freshly thrown

Just finished carving_lucy fagella Tall Urns Drying_Lucy Fagella

The carving process_lucy fagella details_lucy fagella Large Urns Drying_lucy fagella

Here is a finished mini version of the large urn… a little keepsake in my son Andrew’s hands. To see more of these and other urns visit my website and or LuciaUrns on etsy.

White on White Petite Keepsake_Lucy Fagella 

If you want to see a nice little video on this method, check out Ron Philbeck  , “Hydro Abrasion”  He explains it very well!  http://youtu.be/d_HHrNdPGIk

 

New Urns

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.

My article in “THE STUDIO POTTER”

Check out the current issue of The Studio Potter .  I wrote an article entitled,

“Container for the Spirit”.

When I heard the issue was on “The Body”.  I felt compelled to write about the

containers I make, which hold the remains of the body. 

 

If you are not a subscriber to The Studio Potter, your missing out on quite a fine 

ceramics magazine. To subcribe go to www.studiopotter.org

 

CURRENT ISSUE VOLUME 37 NUMBER 1

It is where we start – the most
intimate and inalienable unit
of our personhood and the vehicle
of our lived experience.
By our bodies we measure, know,
and make sense of the world
Our bodies are the referent by which we understand many of
languages’s abstractions: the upness of above, the hardness
of difficult, the opposition of inside and outside. The hand,
we say, has mastery, but for makers the whole body…
THE BODY Volume 37 Number 1 Winter 2008/Spring 2009 

Making Cremation Urns

I started this blog back in Febuary, and have yet to talk about an important part of my business…. Urns … yes the kind you use for ashes of someone you have loved.  I have been making urns since 2004, in 2005 started my web based business.  Sales get better each year.  Take a look at my new page on my blog for more info, or go to my website for purchasing.

Here are some images of “pieces of new urns” as most potters, I love the pots in that leather hard stage.  I could not resist sharing just a little unfinished work!