Regular readers will remember my Arctic, an elderly bunny who had to adapt to a new family and household at ten years of age, who subsequently survived head tilt and the loss of her companion of many years, and who remained cheerful and affectionate no matter what. A small ambassador bunny, Arctic would shuffle over to all visitors and offer her little tilted neck and head for skritching. She never knew a stranger. Arctic passed away peacefully Dec 12, 2012 and she and I made one last trip together, to The Pines pet cemetery.
There are many beautiful urns available (starting at $3) at The Pines, but I had long admired the beautiful urns created by hand from the artists at Black Pug Pottery and knew that this would be a very special way to memorialize my beloved Arctic
Black Pug Pottery owners Rebecca and Sally have visited New Orleans many times and have a special interest in the mausoleums of New Orleans; their classic line of Pet Tombs recreates the beauty and architecture of those mausoleums. As beautiful as those monuments are, however, I envisioned a classic chapel for Arctic – a simple, snow-white chapel, reminiscent of Arctic herself.
Now, I have no ‘vision’ when it comes to sculpture. All I could do is send Rebecca a photo of a simple chapel; in the course of remembering my Arctic and sharing some of my memories with Rebecca, I also sent her some photos of Arctic and a video of her playing with one of her favorite toys.
As it turns out, that’s all Rebecca needed. Not only did she create a chapel that was more beautiful than anything I had been able to picture, she put a tiny clay bunny on the steps leading into the chapel, painted the tiniest pale pink eye, and tilted the bunny’s head at the same angle and direction as my Arctic’s head had been tilted. ‘I can take the bunny off if you decide you don’t like it’ said Rebecca. Not like it? It made me cry when I saw the photos.
Rebecca sends photos of your pet tomb at every step of the way – from the first slabs of rolled clay to the finished piece sitting in the kiln awaiting firing. Every aspect of the construction is subject to your approval.
After two firings, the structure is ready for glazing. The Pet Tombs website shows all the colors of glaze available, but of course I could not decide what would look best on this so-perfect piece. I told Rebecca about 4 different colors that I liked and told her to do what she thought would look best.
And so she did. See the photos and see for yourself what an awesome, magnificent piece this is, and what a fitting final resting place for the earthly remains of a most magnificent little white bunny.
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