Today there was a really nice article in our local paper about the ceramic urns I make.
Cremation urns have been part of my pottery business for ten years now. The article tells about why I chose to do this as a potter.
See it here at, The Greenfield Recorder.
When I make my urns I tend to do a lot of carving into them, it may be as simple as carved leaves or as complex as a four-footed form.
I have been very busy the past couple of months just trying to keep up with the many orders for urns. Every now and then I’ll get a commission for a personalized urn. Here are a couple of photos of a footed urn being carved for a dog name Winslow, and a carved leaf urn for cat named Ruphus!
Back in March I talked about tiles, patterns, and sketches for larger pieces. I showed a picture of a new clover leaf pattern urn drying… well here is the finished product! This is a pattern I have been using for years is various ways on clay. The repetitive stamped pattern has always intrigued me in the way it creates an optical illusion between positive and negative space.
This piece and lots of other goodies will be on the new website coming soon!
Maybe I’m influenced by my surroundings… ya think? I have lots of shades of green pottery, and shades of white. Everytime I look out my studio window I see the field, and woods… that’s either green or white! Ok sometimes brown… and I do have a few brown pots! The latest forms from this winter are a new series of white on white urns. The pieces are approx. a foot in height, thrown on the wheel, trimmed, dried, then the pattern painted on with a resist (like shellac, or wax). Once the shellac dries the exposed clay is rubbed away with a wet sponge. It is a long and laborious process, giving beautiful results.
White on White Vine, Lucia Pottery
As a utilitarian potter I seem to make a lot of covered containers. I really enjoy making them, yet I remember as a student they were the dreaded project. (Just as they seem to be for my current students!) They are definitely one of the more challenging forms. I remember back to my Junior Pots class at Alfred with Val Cushing; he had us focus on making those lids become one with the form underneath it, and it’s his voice that I remember so often as I am fitting those lids.
Below are a few of my cremation urns drying for this weeks bisque. These urns are approximately 12″ tall. Along side these urns are my teeny, tiny covered salt cellars, about 2″ tall. These are new little forms which I’m having some fun with.