Handmade Raku Keepsake Urn: Chikyū

  • Handmade in Devon
  • Made by one of the countries finest Raku artists
  • Exclusively for Scattering Ashes.
  • These keepsake urns have a wondrous beauty.
  • Each one is subtly different



Raku Keepsake Urn

Handmade in Devon by one of 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 japanese translation of Chikyū is Earth

Keepsake Raku Urn, Chikyū range:

Heiwa (meaning peace) – Height 150mm,  Width/Diameter 110mm,  Capacity approx 0.75 Ltrs

Nokori (meaning to remain) – Height 170mm, Width/Diamenter 100mm Capacity 100mm,approx 0.9ltrs

Suinim (meaning puzzle) – Height 150mm, Width Capacity/Diameter 100mm approx 0.75ltrs

These Raku Keepsake Urns will hold part of a person’s ashes, so that you can keep some of your loved one’s ashes discreetly at home, in a stunning unique piece of art. These are ideal if you only want to hold onto some of the ashes, you may want to sacteter some or split the ashes with friends or relatives.

Should you want a full size urn made in this style by the artist please see the –  Aakari urn 

The Artist

Chris has been throwing & firing pots for 40 years. His workshop is 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, Chris uses some of these in his glazes.

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.


We keep a number of designs in stock. Occasionally we need to order them in specifically and this can take a few weeks. Please let us know if they are need for a specific date.

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