Thinking about funeral options...  

rm_Almondnut 42F
318 posts
9/23/2005 12:56 pm

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Thinking about funeral options...

So I was sent link today about a place that takes your remains and casts them into concrete "Reef" building blocks to be put in the ocean to help the reefs revive.I thought it was a wonderful idea and looked into it.

Then I started thinking about death and remembered that human ashes can be used in ceramic glazes to make something permanant. So I started researching that.

I found a few glaze recipies where the human ash basically replaces the bone ash. Now I wish that I had concentrated my research on bone ash glazes because this topic really interests me.

Aparently a human provides something around a max of 3 kilos of bone ash so you would have enough to glaze more than one pot if you didn't like the first result. I kinda like the idea of making nesting pots, each glazed with the same ashes, so its complex, like a layered person.

So now the question...where can I get human ash to experiment with? I can't think of any way to do this without someone feeling I am being disrespectful so I'm probably going to have to use animal bone ash first. Death happens to everything so I'm sure there is plenty of bone ash out there.

Bladesong 40F
476 posts
9/23/2005 4:37 pm

I am sure if you contact a moritorium they might be able to atleast head you in the right direction. Or you could just wait till some *gods forbid* passes away. If your looking for animal ash maybe contact SPCA as they have to do something with the animals they put down.

~It is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved!

Be Good to those around you!


rm_Almondnut 42F
115 posts
9/24/2005 8:25 pm

Katey - actually the reports from other potters is that for some reason the bone ash of humans does add some iron spekles.

Bladesong - I'm going to look into a moritorium. I suspect human ash is different than animal bone and am wondering how it would affect glazes.

I had a classmate today tell me that I was "a little sick" for even looking into this *laughs*

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