Frank Colson on wed 31 oct 07
Yeh! I've read you all describing glazing your urn with real glaze. No
one has mentioned making a glaze directly from the human ash, which is what
I did ! It's like no one realizes that the human body contains
minerals which are evident in the ash. If you know anything about making
ash glaze, then human ash
is as viable as any other! Duh!!!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Lee Love"
Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2007 8:28 PM
Subject: Re: funeral ash containers
I decided to become a potter at my Zen teacher's funeral. You can find the
story in the archives. But I decided then, that I wanted to make urns.
Have made several urns for Akita dogs. Only recently felt skillful
enough to make them for people, after potting for 17 years. Made one for
a friend with chronic health problems. She wanted "blue" do I did the
glaze an unusual way I learn from my teacher during my apprenticeship:
Brush on a layer of glaze, in this case, nuka saturated silca white, then a
layer of Gosu (impure cobalt) and then another layer of glaze. What is
nice about this, is that the glaze surface has a lot of variation, some
parts glossy blue, but others metallic and other areas cloudy white. It is
a blue I can live with. She liked it too, sent airmail from Japan.
Lee in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
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Lee Love on thu 1 nov 07
On Wed, 31 Oct 2007 09:57:44 -0700, Frank Colson wrote:
>I did ! It's like no one realizes that the human body contains
>minerals which are evident in the ash. If you know anything about making
>ash glaze, then human ash
>is as viable as any other! Duh!!!
Frank, this has been spoken about extensively here:
But don't confuse bone ash with wood ash. Cremains can be substituted
for bone ash, because that is what it is. What you get really isn't ash,
but calcined bone that is ground into a powder.
Though neither appeal to me, as someone just mentioned recently, It
would make better sense to make a bone china body, rather than a bone ash
Lee in Minneapolis, MN