Pots are special containers for the ashes and soul of
the departed pet.
The concept was born in France
while I was studying the works of Van Gogh. It was in
1983 when I was a diplomat serving in Paris and needed a
break from thinking about weapons negotiations and other
trade issues, and went to the grave of Van Gogh and his
As I walked up, I found ceramic
flowers at the foot of each grave. Ceramic was used
because it is a durable substance, even in winter. Water
flows between the flowers and doesn't crack the assembly
when the fluid freezes.
Years later my parents had to
be buried and they chose cremation. Their ashes were
buried in a large manufactured urn with the ashes of a
favorite cat named Daisy. Like most urns, the vessel
looked like ‘an urn,’ which can make people very
uncomfortable, especially if you want to place your
departed on a mantle or table instead of into the
My concept allows you to
display the urn in a very public area because visitors
will only see it as a hand built work of art. Each is
unique as well, even if built on similar lines. That's
because I only use my hands.
The concept marries two
cultures into one unique concept, French and Native
American and provides a beautiful vessel to hold the
spirit of the departed. In fact, the name for the urn
was recommended by Pueblo tribal elders.
Check out each of my shapes and
how they are assembled, beginning with Mother Earth.
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