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.
While my son was home during college break he made a little video of me making my classic urn form.
It is not a regular ritual, like the day in, day out making of my functional pottery. Making my biodegradable urns is something that happens every couple of months (unless I have a special order). Making these urns is a whole different mindset from my functional foodie pottery. The first thing I have to do is clear the big work table… which in turn clears my head. I lay out the colored papers which I painted months before. I think about my forms and patterns, roll out the paper clay that I have made weeks before, and begin creating. The thing I love about these urns is the process… a totally different process than what I do daily in my studio. The results are immediate, the color, the texture, and the form. No kiln involved, no waiting a couple of weeks for the results!
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.