Gold Kintsugi Snowflake Ceramic Cremation Urn, Memory, Pet or Treasury Urn, Crystalline Pottery, SacredUrnsEtc by Susan Fontaine Pottery

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Gold Kintsugi Snowflake Crystalline Urn 6 1/2" tall and 5 1/2" wide. Holds about 80 lbs. living weight of ashes. Kintsugi Pottery is an ancient technique of embracing flaws and imperfections in a piece by repairing and finishing with gold (or another precious metal) to raise the piece to a higher, more refined and valuable level. The underlying symbolic message is one of transformation...as it expresses out ability to rise above our imperfections and challenges, through resiliency and healing to attain rebirth and a higher state of being. I threw this piece on the wheel before putting it through the multi-step Crystalline process and then applying gold in the Kintsugi method. 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. These glazes are lead-free and non-toxic. Food and machine safe. Each vase has a clear, interior liner glaze. Crystals sparkle like snowflakes when displayed in natural or under bright lights. Wooden base is sold in variations for $20. The lid can be temporarily sealed with museum wax or permanently sealed with an epoxy glue.