Metallic crystals on the surface of these urns are literally 'grown' by the artist in carefully controlled kiln conditions that create the perfect environment for these shapes to form. Yet, even with the high degree of control involved, each one is unique, and no two glazes will ever be alike. Until the advent of modern equipment, these glazes were almost impossible to produce, with intricate cooling cycles and complex formulas that are time-consuming and expensive.
About the artist
"A Portland native, Michael Metz B.S. ’78, is one of many ceramicists trained by Professor Emeritus Ken Shores. But Metz, a full-time artist known for shapely vases and bowls adorned with metallic blooms, has maintained a closer relationship with his former teacher than most: “He now uses my kilns, and I fire and help glaze his recent work,” Metz says of his 81-year-old mentor. Metz, who lives across the river in Vancouver, has earned kudos of his own, including an award for Best of Show for New Members at the 2008 Oregon Potters Association showcase—the largest such show in the country."
Current Artist' Inventory
The works in the gallery on the left are marked AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE or AVAILABLE FOR COMMISSION. Click on each image for a larger view, to see dimensions and price, and to read details about the piece. Please note the piece's name and size, and contact us by e-mail or call us at 503-493-9258 to discuss an order. Our current stock can ship almost immediately - let us know ASAP if you need an expedited delivery.
Personalized and Custom Urns
Mike can create a customized urn based on the designs you see here. Most urns can be done in any of the styles or glazes he uses, and many of the lid and vessel designs of the urns can be interchanged when he customizes one for you. Customized pieces may take as much as 3-6 months to create, depending upon backlog. Generally, prices for custom urns can range from $400 to more than $3,000, depending on the size of the piece and the time involved in its design and creation.
TO PURCHASE AN URN DIRECTLY FROM US
We prefer urn purchases be arranged via e-mail or over the telephone to ensure the item you order is the one you need. Except for manufacturing defects or damage during shipment, there are no returns for burial goods. Artist-made urns will be shipped insured. Please call us at 503-493-9258 to confirm availability and place an order. Read our SHIPPING AND RETURNS PAGE for more details.
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