The weeping cobalt lines on this urn and its rough stone finial are elements to help express our feeling upon the loss of a loved one. This urn is approximately 12' to top of finial and will hold a minimum of 200 cubic inches.
Raku is an ancient technique of firing clay, the roots of which go back to 16th century Japan. Unlike other glaze firings where the kiln is slowly brought up to temperature and then allowed to cool slowly, raku is fired very quickly, from room temperature to 1750 and back in about an hour. When the kiln has reached the correct temperature, it is opened, the red-hot pieces are removed with long tongs, placed in a pit lined with sawdust, then covered with a metal container lined with straw or newspaper. The combustibles use up the oxygen in the container, producing beautiful metallic colors.The unglazed areas absorb carbon from the burning organic matter and turn black. If the metal container is lifted at the correct moment during cooling, oxygen is introduced to the environment and the glaze cools at a more rapid rate then the clay, creating a beautiful crackle pattern without the lustre. The crackle shows up well as the cracks absorb the carbon and turn black. Because raku is fired to a lower temperature and has a high copper content in its glazes, it is never food safe or water proof.