Ceramic Memorial Urn
Created by Judith Motzkin
This egg-shaped urn is wheel thrown, smoothed, burnished with terra sigillata, and saggar fired. There is no glaze on the piece; all the color comes from the fire. In a wheel-thrown saggar made to fit, the piece is nested in sawdust and mineral-soaked hay. It is then fired in a gas kiln. The results of this process are unpredictable and always new, like painting with a palette of accidental happenings. In this case, the peachy orange and rich smoky grays have a soft and simple feel. The opening of this form is also the foot, on the bottom. It is designed to be used as an urn, sized for an adult, and can be sealed with silicone (not included). Not intended to hold liquid.