|There were times people knew death woud soon come and who jointly, with family, designed the urn. Sometimes urns were commissioned after death and most often, people have chosen jars already made -- often with provenance of deep time. Mystic's urn was made with his braided tail, also chopped as hair within and his mane rests as granular ash within. He was a thoroughbred horse, young, and very missed.|
Mystic was a beloved horse who died young and tragically. I began with her braided tail and impressed it into the clay. I chopped her shiny hair and put into the clay which later burned out and the sediment glaze stained the space where her hair had been. A section has a place where her tail hair can be stung to make sound--like a bow. There's more--it was a hands-on collaboration with her owner. The experience was a blessing for us both.
Made with input from family, with poems he loved. Shells of foraminifera, another form of skeleton, preserved by heat into a glaze -- like stone. His ashes within.
Their choice of special shells, sand, words and his choice of inscription on the bottom -- click for larger image so you can read what he asked to inscribe, "Goodnight, and joy be with you all." His full name was on there but I eliminated it for their privacy reasons.
I met Veronique when I was exploring University of Washington and she had wanted to memorialize her father who had already died. She asked if I could use materials she'd provide and here are her notes that came with the materials, a photo of my tests of the materials, and the urn before firing. There were basalts from the Pacific, rocks (ground) from French mountains, and seaglass. Open this pdf to see her notes about the samples. What reverence!
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Bermuda Rise sediment needed a drip ledge to be applied heavily enough to make patterns, but not so heavily that it became attached to the kiln.
Other glaze is lavender matte.
Bermuda Rise sediment glaze interior, Pacific exterior, lavender rim.
Bermuda Rise sediment glaze and lavender matte.