A few years back, I was asked if I would consider making flower Memory Vases. This family had recently lost both parents and the siblings all wanted something uplifting as a memory of their parents. The request was to make a flower vase for each sibling that had a glaze make from the ashes of their parents. I had never done this before but undertook the task and everyone was pleased with the results.
A dear friend remembered these Memory Vases when her husband passed away. She asked if I could do the same for her; making vases for each member of her family. She felt that having a small vase with the glaze made from her husband’s ashes would be a wonderful way of having a gentle daily reminder of her husband, while to others who would see it on the shelf or table, it would be just a lovely flower vase.
My friend asked for small vases with lots of interesting texture. I set about making a wide variety of vases for her to choose from. I needed 20 so I made 26….this would allow me to have extras for initial glaze testing as well as providing the necessary “oops” factor so prevalent in pottery.
The project is nearing completion. The final glaze has been selected and I will be glazing the memory vases soon. I have been honored to do this for my friend and her late husband.