Handmade Keepsake Raku Urn: Sora


Full Size Urn


Raku Keepsake Urn – Handmade in Devon by one of the the countries finest Raku artists, exclusively for Scattering Ashes.  These keepsake urns have a wondrous beauty, each one is subtly different making it your very own unique memorial artwork.

The Name Sora is the Japanese for Sky, the two urns meaning cloud and mist seam to fit perfectly.

Keepsake Raku Urn, Sora range:

Kumo (meaning cloud)- Height 180mm,  Width/Diameter 110mm,  Capacity approx 0.9ltrs

Misuto (meaning mist)- Height 180mm, Width/Diameter 130mm Capacity 100mm,approx 0.9ltrs

These Raku Keepsake Urns are designed to hold part of a person’s ashes – you may want to scatter some and keep some, you may want different members of the family to have some. Should you want a full size urn made in this style by the artist please contact us. They are designed so that you can keep some of your loved one’s ashes discreetly at home, as a stunning piece of art.

The Artist

Chris has been throwing & firing pots for 40 years. His workshop is set in 6 acres of woodland on the banks of the river Tamar. Left untouched the land has water meadows and ponds, which has 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 and the whole  valley is rich in minerals, some of which are used in Chris’s 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 with metal tongs and held in the air for a number of seconds until the glaze crazes, 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.


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, very well meaning, 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.

P&P is included for mainland UK, please allow 3 to 5 working days for delivery, if you have chosen a full size urn the timescale will be 4-6 weeks as each is made to order. If you need the item urgently please contact us on info@scattering-ashes.co.uk and we will do our best to get it to you, additional postal charges may apply.

Keepsake Raku Urn

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