Small Keepsake Spirit Urn

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A special wood fired spirit urn by Brenda Werner, Malloryville Pottery. This keepsake urn or memory urn can be used for cremains for a cat, small dog, or for a portion of a larger amount of cremains.

This unique, handmade and rustic spirit pet urn was created using a wood fired pit, a process that takes several days to complete.   

A spirit urn is created by placing urns among ferns, moss, lichen, wood shavings, and other natural materials in a shallow pit.  The urns are covered with sawdust, then layers of wood above to several feet.

Once the kiln is lit, and the wood burns down, smoke and flame react with the natural materials to produce unique and unpredictable patterns on the surface of each urn.  The pots smoulder in the pit for a couple of days, then after another day of cooling are dug out and cleaned.

I seal the outside with bees wax to enhance the patterns; no glaze is used.  As a result, his vessel is not meant for liquids or foods.

The spirit of a beloved pet is ready to inhabit each of these very special urns.

The size of this urn will hold about 1 1/2 cup of cremains, a suitable size for a dog or cat who had a healthy weight in life of up to 20 lbs.  This urn can also be used to hold a small portion of cremains from a larger animal, as a keepsake.  Often the larger portion of cremains are spread in a special outdoor location your pet loved, such as a sunny spot in the yard that was favored for an afternoon nap.  This little spirit urn holds just enough of your pet's ashes to keep their spirit alive and near to you.