How Urns are made

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HOW URNS ARE MADE

It was the ancient Romans who first began using cremation urns ,today the custom continues the remains are stored in urns permanently or sometimes temporarily before burial and with cremation ones final resting place  doesn’t have to be six feet under the  cremation urn has an important place in  some households it’s a constant reminder  of the dearly departed helping to keep the memories alive.

The  urn starts with a concept the Potter draws a large-scale design which he’ll use as a reference as he shapes a prototype earned from clay he slaps a  lump of clay onto the potter’s wheel the  wheel spins and the Potter begins to  transform the shapeless lump into the  desired form the process is called  throwing a potter’s term for shaping

,he  leaves the bottom open so the walls can  be more easily formed into the desired  shape, he’ll add a base to the urn later as he pulls up the clay to produce the walls he works it to a uniform thickness  he gathers the top to narrow the opening ,a technique known as coloring then with  the potter’s wheel at a stop he takes  the shape from round to rectangular and  tapers it at the neck then it’s into a  casting box which exposes only half of  the urn prototype.

 

He brushes a release agent onto that half using a mixer he whips up a mix of plaster and water he  blends it until it thickens to the consistency of pancake batter, the liquefied plaster will harden in minutes so he quickly pours it into the box with the urn prototype and fills it right to  the top . As the plaster hardens the exposed urn prototype makes an impression of half of the urn he’ll make another one exactly  like it for the other half of the urn he’ll attach them with a key system.

For  this he drills a notches in one mold  half the notches match up with raised areas on the other mold half to align  them he ties the molds together with suspender like straps cinching them  tightly together ,he adds a base to the  urn and straps it to the other two  pieces he sets the assembled mold upright exposing the opening of the urnhe’s now ready to make a copy of the  original urn in fact he’ll make twenty at once using twenty identical plaster  molds he pumps liquid clay into each one filling it to the brim over three to  four hours the plaster absorbs water in  the clay it comes into contact with  causing it to solidify the clay.

In the center remains liquid he pours that into a barrel to be strained and reused and  now the big reveal he opens the mold and  removes the urn it’s exactly like the prototype sculpted by the Potter he lifts a lid from another plastic mold and checks the fit to the urn after  drying and an initial firing to harden the clay a worker coats the urn and the lid with a glaze working from the inside out the glaze is a mixture of finely milled minerals and water it adds color  and a glass like non-porous surface when fired a second time cremation urns come  in a range of styles and colors customers often make a selection that reflects the taste of the deceased  .

Another worker now brushes a mixture of  wax and alumina onto the neck of the urn and the lid this will keep them from fusing together during the final firing  they fire the cremation urns at a very intense 1195 degrees Celsius for about 15 hours this transforms the clay into a durable ceramic they cool the urns slowly for 13 hours to prevent cracking  four days in the making these urns are now ready to contain a loved one’s remains and in so doing honor a life.

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