Losing a beloved family pet is never easy. They have become just as important to the family dynamic as any other aspect of your life and it’s alright to mourn their loss as you would mourn the loss of any dear friend. After all, they were loyal and unfaltering in their love for you over the course of their life; it’s no surprise that you would have loved them just as much in return. So when it comes to after life decisions, many people opt for cremation with their pet’s cremains stored in ceramic pet urns.
These urns are a great way to memorialize your pet’s life after they are gone, and ceramic is a very beautiful and versatile material that gives you a wide range of ceramic pet urns to choose from. But while you’re browsing the beautiful urns online, do you ever stop and think about what goes into making ceramic pet urns before you see them online?
Mixing the materials. The base ingredient in all ceramics is clay. What is added to it determines the use that the ceramic piece will have. For ceramic pet urns, typical ingredients added would be sand and other organic materials. These are mixed together to form the material that will be used to create your pet’s urn.
Forming the urn. The artisan then begins working with the clay in order to form the urn. Some artisans work with a potter’s wheel, others do not. It’s really just a matter of preference. The artist forms ceramic pet urns in a new way, or in accordance with a pattern that has been given to them.
Firing the form. Once the urn has taken shape and the artisan is ready to have the clay harden, it is fired in a kiln for a predetermined amount of time. This causes the clay to harden and become a permanent form.
Adding a glaze. After it’s been fired once, many artists opt to add some additional color to the urn by applying one or more glazes to ceramic pet urns in order to enhance their beauty.
Firing the urn again. To make certain that the glaze is permanent and that the ceramic pet urn is completely dry, the piece is fired in the kiln once more.
Finishing touches. After the ceramic pet urns are ready, any additional touches, such as a non-ceramic piece or finish are added to the urn to give it that last final extra touch.