Deruta has the hardest clay in Italy, so these ceramic pieces are extremely durable. Each one is hand painted, and every style can be rendered in a desired color scheme. It takes 12 weeks to produce a custom urn, so if you want to have a memorial service with a specially produced urn, you’ll have to plan a few months ahead.
Giovanni Angelo, the owner of Sorella Luna, designed the molds for all the products. On display at the NFDA convention were small containers for keepsake urns, large lidded vases to hold the entirety of a body’s cremated remains, small round ceramic boxes and other items.
The urns remind me of a scene from the comedy film Meet the Parents. A similar-looking urn is parked in a place of honor on a fireplace mantle in the dining room. After a family dinner that is stressful for actor Ben Stiller, he wrestles with opening a champagne bottle. The cork flies off, knocking the urn over. It shatters on the ground, the ashes scatter and the family cat thinks it’s kitty litter.
Sorella Luna representative Anne Clare assures me that these vases are very durable. Even if one fell and broke, contrary to what you see in Hollywood films, the ashes would stay enclosed inside a sealed container within the urn. Check out the video below and learn more at www.TheSorellaLuna.com.
Recorded at the 2014 National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) Convention and Expo in Nashville, Tennessee by Gail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death®, host and author of the award-winning TV show and book, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die.