Raku Urn Akari
Our Akari Raku Urn is handmade here in Devon by one of the countries finest Raku artists, exclusively for Scattering Ashes. Each one has wondrous beauty, each one is subtly different making it your very own unique memorial artwork.
The Name Akari means Light or Brightness in Japanese.
Height: 32cm (12.5 inches)
Width at widest point: 20.5cm (8 inches)
Capacity: approximately 4.5 litres (275 cubic inches) suitable for a large set of adult ashes
The Akari Raku Urn will hold a full set of adult ashes. We have different Raku urns that you can see here including keepsake sizes by the same potter that can keep some of your loved one’s ashes discreetly at home, as a stunning piece of art.
Chris has been throwing & firing pots for 40 years. Set in 6 acres of woodland his workshop sit on the banks of the river Tamar. Left untouched the land has water meadows and ponds, These have become a haven for the numerous wildlife in the area. The Tamar Valley has a long mining history and the workshop itself stands close to one of these mines. Tin, copper and tungsten were once mined here, some of which Chris uses in his glaze.
Chris’s raku pots were recently featured in episode 3 of the first series of the BBC’s ‘Great Pottery Throwdown’. He is also featured in the newly published book ‘The New Age of Ceramics’ by Hannah Stouffer.
The Raku Style
Raku is rapidly fired to around 1,000° c, it is then taken from the kiln whilst still red hot. The urn is held in the air for a number of seconds until the glaze crazes. Then it’s then placed in a container of sawdust, this instantly combusts and the carbon from the burning penetrates through the crazing into the clay whilst turning any unglazed areas black. The pot is then covered in sawdust and left to cool for several hours. When cool the pot is scrubbed clean to reveal the white glaze and crazing. The burning sawdust is also what gives that distinctive wood smoke smell which does dissipate over time. The chance occurrence of raku means that no two pieces are alike.
Raku Urns are NOT SUITABLE FOR OUTDOORS
Keeping the ashes
Many people keep their loved one’s ashes at home, some because they are not sure what to do with them, some because they are not yet ready to do something with them and some simply want to keep them close by, in the house. Sometimes, friends will give advice such as ‘it’s time to move on’ or ‘you’ll feel better if you scatter/bury them’. But only you will know how you feel about the loss of your loved one and only you will know when and if the time is right to do something, if ever, with their ashes. Until then these urns can keep the ashes safely and discreetly at home without you having to explain your reasons to anyone, if someone admires the beautiful urn then it is up to you whether you tell them or not.
As these beautiful items are completely handmade please allow 4 – 6 weeks for delivery. If you need the item for a specific date please contact us on [email protected] We will speak to the potter and do our best to arrange this for you.