Ceramic Cremation Urn for Ashes with Flower Offering Finial, Crystalline Glaze, SacredUrnsEtc by Susan Fontaine Pottery
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Flower Offering Crystalline Urn 8" high by 6 1/4" wide and holds about 100 lbs living weight of ashes and makes a lovely addition to your home. I threw this piece on the wheel and then hand carved the lotus flower fineal on the lid before putting it through the multi-step Crystalline process. The flower finial was made to represent an offering and is symbolic of serenity, sweetness and transformation. Crystalline glazing is a particularly beautiful but equally involved process. The pieces are brought to a high temperature quickly in the kiln and then soaked at a slightly lower temperature to allow for the special crystals to form from the zinc "seeds" in the glaze. A special "pedastal" must be made for each piece to catch the glaze as it runs down the vase. Then the vase must be carefully (the vase can be easily broken at this point) separated from the pedastal and then the foot is ground smooth. Every urn has a clear, interior liner glaze. Crystalline pottery is difficult to photgraph and capture the beauty of the crystals that sparkle like snowflakes when displayed in natural or under bright lights. Every item displayed is ready to ship. Each crystalline piece is unique and cannot be duplicated. The exact same glaze and firing schedule will produce varying crystals from piece to piece! Wooden bases used to display vases may be purchased in customizations for $20 The urn lids can be temporarily sealed with museum wax or permanently sealed with an epoxy glue.