Spirit Pots are special containers for the ashes and soul of the departed pet.

The concept was born in France while I was studying the works of Van Gogh. It was in 1983 when I was a diplomat serving in Paris and needed a break from thinking about weapons negotiations and other trade issues, and went to the grave of Van Gogh and his brother, Theo.

As I walked up, I found ceramic flowers at the foot of each grave. Ceramic was used because it is a durable substance, even in winter. Water flows between the flowers and doesn't crack the assembly when the fluid freezes.

Years later my parents had to be buried and they chose cremation. Their ashes were buried in a large manufactured urn with the ashes of a favorite cat named Daisy. Like most urns, the vessel looked like ‘an urn,’ which can make people very uncomfortable, especially if you want to place your departed on a mantle or table instead of into the ground.

My concept allows you to display the urn in a very public area because visitors will only see it as a hand built work of art. Each is unique as well, even if built on similar lines. That's because I only use my hands.

The concept marries two cultures into one unique concept, French and Native American and provides a beautiful vessel to hold the spirit of the departed. In fact, the name for the urn was recommended by Pueblo tribal elders.

Check out each of my shapes and how they are assembled, beginning with Mother Earth.

For more information, go to http://urnsforpets.wordpress.com/

Larry Roeder

















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