Truly American Vintage, this matching pair of mid-century, richly textured, 22 Karat gold double-handled urns pop with brilliance and shapely fun. Without a chip, scratch or even a stain on their creamy interior glaze, they are as perfect as the day they were made. Dress them with soft sprays of flowers for an elegant table. In the candlelight the richly flowing gold comes alive with enchanted brilliance.
These urn shaped vases were made by the Keramos Pottery Company in East Liverpool, Ohio, America's historical center of pottery and ceramics where the excellent clay along the Ohio River Valley was used by hundreds of important potteries throughout the region's history. 'Keramos' is the ancient Greek source word for 'ceramic', and it is also the title of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem which offers eloquent insight into how pottery and those who create it reflect upon life itself. This poem is sometimes called "The Song of The Potter".
Turn, turn, my wheel! Turn round and round,
Without a pause, without a sound:
So spins the flying world away!
This clay, well mixed with marl and sand,
Follows the motion of my hand;
For some must follow, and some command,
Though all are made of clay!
Stop, stop, my wheel! Too soon, too soon
The noon will be the afternoon,
Too soon to-day be yesterday;
Behind us in our path we cast,
The broken potsherds of the past,
And all are ground to dust at last,
And trodden into clay.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; 1878
Now, I don't believe Mr. Longfellow had these weeping gold urns altogether in mind here, but I do believe he too would be amazed by their creation!
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