Working with clay helped me through bereavement and I wondered if there was something I could make that might signify this. Through research I found that commercially produced funerary urns (of a permanent nature) often left me feeling cold and empty. There seemed to be little or nothing uplifting about them. They were simply a container for ashes, often smooth or shiny and without character. Read more...
I thought I could improve on the situation and set about designing and making my own one-off, hand built, contemporary funerary urns and memory boxes that, I hoped in a discreet way, might celebrate the life lived and may be of comfort to those who remain.
Being interested in natural geological formations it was perhaps to be expected that I should also be drawn to man made formations. Ancient standing stones, with their carved decoration and symbols continue to be a great source of inspiration.
Of particular interest is the spiral, the natural form of growth and symbol of everlasting life. There is always at least one to be found on each piece that I make.
It is my pleasure to recommend the work of Ann Bates which, in my experience, is excellent both technically and artistically. Ann's ceramic pieces are also imbued with a rare spiritual quality.
Thank you Ann, for your kindness and empathy and for making this more than just the purchase of an object to hold my husband's ashes. When I looked at the urn I saw the work and the skill and the part of yourself that had gone into creating it. It makes it so much more personal. You must have tremendous job satisfaction!
Mrs JR. West Midlands