Artist’s Kudos Cremation Urns at Galería Rita Torlen

Artist Eucled Moore

Cremation Urn Up Close

By Alexis White

What’s in a name? Everything, when Eucled Moore turns wood and Huichol tradition into tributes.

Kudos Cremation Urns struck artist Moore as the perfect name. True to the Greek meaning of kudos, the urns give praise, honor, and distinction for achievement. More than that, they are works of art that marry natural woods, antique glass seed beads, and designs inspired by the work of Native American and other indigenous cultures. “I am particularly drawn to the Huichols who have lived in central Mexico’s mountains for thousands of years,” said Moore, who is exhibiting at Galería Rita Torlen in Fábrica La Aurora.

Moore was introduced to woodworking in Africa. “My father was a missionary. We moved from Texas and grew up in Tanzania and Kenya. I first learned woodworking in the missionary high school in East Africa. I went on to refine the technique of segmented turning on my own. Except for my first instruction in school, I am pretty much self-taught. Following college in Texas, I started a woodworking career building cabinets and furniture, and also produced turned lamps, candle holders, and furniture parts.”

Nearly 30 years ago, Moore came to San Miguel. He began the segmented turning of wood into art pieces and soon found himself with a full-time business. His work is in museums, has been published in books, and is collected by enthusiasts on both sides of the border. He often collaborates with fellow woodworking artist Marilyn Endres. Both artists’ platters and vessels can be seen online at kazistudio.com.

Kudos Cremation Urns are made from the highest quality hardwoods. They are in their natural color; stains and dyes are never used. Coming from many places worldwide and bought only from reputable, established dealers, the woods have been kiln dried and stabilized, thus eliminating problems of movement and cracking.

Urns are produced by segmented lathe turning. The wood is cut into segments and glued up to create a pattern in the finished piece. Woodworker’s glue provides a long-lasting joint to withstand the passing of time. After the urns are turned and sanded to a smooth, polished finish, they are lacquer-based sealed. Finally, many coats of a varnish and tung oil mix are applied to achieve a high gloss finish.

Like Moore’s display platters and vessels, urns are designed with glass seed beadwork. A large Kudos Urn can incorporate up to 22,000 glass seed beads. Handmade in Europe, many beads are 50 to 100 years old, often in colors no longer produced. Using the centuries old Huichol technique, the beads are set one at a time onto an adhesive of beeswax mixed with resin. When beading is finished, it is lacquer coated in a protective process that makes the urn easy to maintain.

Kudos produces individual and companion urns, the latter accommodating the remains of two people or one person plus keepsake mementos. The urns’ threaded lids of cast resin provide a long-lasting, airtight seal.

For more photos and information, visit kudoscremationurns.com. Email eucled@gmail.com, or call 415 152 7228, with questions or to arrange an appointment to visit his shop.

 

Art Exhibition

“Kudos Cremation Urns”

Work from Eucled Moore

Galería Rita Torlen

Fábrica La Aurora

eucled@gmail.com

 

 

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