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.
I went to college for ceramic art 30 years ago… ugh, I’m getting so old. The first 15 years after college were spent teaching pottery, farming, and having kids. The last 15 years I have been a full time, making-a-living-from-it potter. When I look back at the pots I have made, there is a thread that keeps surfacing… and that is pattern. I really love the repetition and movement that happens with overlapping patterns. I also love the soothing repetitive lines of a ripples in the water, or windblown sand. Patterns are literally everywhere in nature. It is no wonder that artists have consciously or unconsciously include it in their art. My favorite patterns are from Islamic architecture and American quilts. Check out my Pinterest board on quilts and patterns!
Included below are pots of mine from the past 10 years.
Goblets with stamped pattern, 2004
Biodegradable Urn BlueTie Quilt, 2007
Tiles with pattern, 2009
White Stamped Urn, 2010
Biodegradable Urn, June Star, and Sun Squared, 2012
Star leaf cup and saucer, 2015
From my morning walk today. Snow spattering.
Photographing for my etsy shop… its gotta be a little different from the boring grey tones for me. Yes I know the grey has it’s place… the galleries, the books… but for etsy, I’m thinking color, and the appeal of it, for the general public.
The patterns on my biodegradable urns are made from paintings I have done on paper. I thought, wouldn’t be cool to use that same paper as background for the photos. I like the results!
We are living in an age where so many things serve a purpose for a short while. Many of the gadgets we use are actually meant to break after a certain time period so we buy more, or the latest version of that item. Yet the materials they are made from last forever.
When I think of pottery I think of lasting forever, yet I love to think of ways that clay can be useful and go back to the earth. (More to come on permanence/impermanence soon with my biodegradable urns). For now, two things to share, a new biodegradable urn, and a wonderful blog post about clay chai cups from India!
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!
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.