Beautiful comfort: Lucy Fagella's urns honor loved ones and their memoriesHe clay, wet and gray, stretches out as Lucy Fagella’s strong fingers manipulate the spinning mass on her potter’s wheel. Magically, it seems, the spinning shape is molded by Fagella’s will.
In a matter of minutes, the Greenfield potter turns a 4-pound lump of Sheffield clay into what begins to look like a porcelain jar. Once it has been glazed and fired, it will take its place on the shelf in Fagella’s Leyden Road studio and showroom, which will be open for this weekend’s Asparagus Trail Pottery Tour. The urns, which are also on Fagella’s online marketplace, share a special purpose: a handcrafted repository for the ashes of someone who’s passed on.
Fagella, who has been doing pottery since she was 16 but has been worked full-time professionally for 15 years, has sold her mugs, bowls, casserole dishes and other porcelain pieces around the world, with help from the Internet. But it’s her urns that set her apart from Pioneer Valley’s other noteworthy artisans.
It was after both her parents died within months of one another that Fagella, 34 at the time, first began thinking about urns.
“They were buried in the regular, traditional Catholic way, with caskets and a wake,” she says, “but while I was at the funeral home, in their office, I started looking at urns there, and I thought, ‘Oh my God! These are ugly, kind of stately and creepy-looking.”
Just seeing them was enough to plant in her head the idea that she could do better.
So about three years after she began as a full-time studio potter, when one of her students asked her to make an urn for his grandfather and afterward told her, “It’s so beautiful! You have to do this!” Fagella realized this was a niche she should pursue.
“It pushed me over the edge,” says the 50-year-old potter. “I said, ‘Yeah, I think you have an idea there.’”
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