PattyMara Gourley

Title:  White Buffalo Calf Cremation Urn

Size:  9″h x 7″d

Light and Shadow:

Cremation urns are needed when our grief takes us to the shadowland of loss and a loneliness. A beautiful urn gives us a vessel to hold the ashes of our loved one. It brings comfort to a dark time. A white mica urn shines with a thousand mica stars, bringing light to the dark pathways of grief.

Light: White mica clay burnished to shine. White Buffalo Calf, miracle baby of prophesy, born in the dark days to bring hope.
Shadow: Black fire clouds, smoke markings from the final wood firing; a black feathered wing wrapping around the white vessel.

Price:  $275

Statement:  I have been a potter for almost fifty years. I throw micaceous clay on my potter’s wheel in Pilar, New Mexico. I make custom cremation urns for my customers, who come to my shop online after a death has entered their lives. Occasionally someone orders an urn for the future, but mostly my customers are deeply immersed in Grief. I interact with them with tenderness, and help them navigate the decisions for size and design with care. This feels like a vocation to me. I also make mica cookpots, blessing bowls and shrines, but urns are my favorite. I also love to fish the rivers of New Mexico.

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Patty Mara Gourley


  1. I have an urn from Patty for my husband’s ashes. She gave me options on the art and I chose two of her recurrent themes, ravens and hearts…we made my heart turquoise. The urn is not only beautiful, it is huggable. And photos cannot do justice to the sparkle of the mica clay or the fire marks. Or to Patty’s heart <3

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