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Remembrance Poppy Spirits Whispering

The Poppy is widely accepted as the flower of remembrance for many battles. November is the time to remember those that sacrificed their lives and health so that we could live ours comfortably today. The red poppy is accepted as the flower to commemorate the soldiers who fought for our freedom. The Armistice declarations were made from October 17 to 11th November 1918, to end  four long years of bloody conflict. The red poppy said to be the Miracle flower is the main flower used in commemorations, it has been one hundred years since the Great war.

The field poppy is an annual plant which flowers in spring each year. Its seeds are disseminated on the wind and can lie dormant in the ground for a long time. If the ground is disturbed the early spring seeds will germinate and the poppy flowers will grow. This is what happened in parts of the front lines of Belgium and France. Once the ground was disturbed by the fighting, the poppy seeds lying in the ground began to germinate and grow during the warm weather in the spring and summer months of 1915, 1916, 1917 and 1918. The field poppy was also seen blooming in parts of the Turkish battlefields on the Gallipoli peninsular when the ANZAC and British Forces arrived at the start of the campaign in April 1915.

Poppies growing during and after such devastation deeply affected soldiers such as Dr John McCrae who was also a gunner.

At the second battle of Ypres in 1915, when in charge of a small first-aid post and after losing a mate, he wrote in pencil on a page torn from his dispatch book.

In Flanders’ fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row

That mark our place, and in the sky

The larks still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead, short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow.

Loved, and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders’ fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe,

To you from failing hands we throw

The Torch: be yours to hold it high!

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders’ fields.

Moina Michael who worked at the War Secretaries Office read the poem in a ladies magazine and was moved so much that she campaigned for the red poppy to become the National memorial symbol.  An emblem that would remind us of those who had not returned home to celebrate the war.  In her autobiography, she wrote that she had made a spiritual connection with the fallen soldiers through the poem.  She felt compelled to respond to their calling of keeping the faith.  The red poppy’s growth is a reminder of never losing faith in their bravery. As the poems words had expressed the way nature had memorialized his brothers.

John Mcrae’s words help us visualize the devastation left by the bloody battle and with the words,

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow. Loved and were loved, now we lie in Flanders fields” Living only in our memories “To you from failing hands we throw The Torch be yours to hold it high!

In the movie by Russell Crowe The Water Diviner one of the characters played was a Turkish Officer who after four years was in Gallipoli helping a team of Australian military identify the remains of all the soldiers. This character reminded me of the flanders poem when he said, 

Some things should never be forgotten

In this scene he was talking about forgiveness and why man should never forget and forgive themselves for the carnage the 1st world war had brought to the world and the impact of the lost generations. Those that had a life and a future.

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Cremation is the process of reducing a deceased body to its natural elements by subjecting it to intense heat and vaporization. The remains are then further ground to a fine powder of uniform consistency. Depending on Government Laws and ones religion , the process usually takes place in a crematorium.  If the cremains are to be buried in a cremation plot or cemetery, placed in a columbarium, niche or entombed in a crypt within a mausoleum, they do not have to be ground.

See the following verses from the bible about the end of the material state to the spiritual

Genesis 3:19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken, for you are dust, and to dust you shall return

Corinthians 15:35-55 It is the same way with the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever. Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. They are buried as natural human bodies, they will be raised as spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, there are also spiritual bodies.


The crematorium will return the powdered remains in a generic vessel for the families funeral or later memorial

Families can then decide on the the time to let go of or keep the ashes. Some  families may decide to scatter the ashes. Ashes may be scattered on land, scattered from the air by a plane, floated on water, there are many methods of scattering ashes the funeral director may recommend local scattering gardens.

We can assist you if you need a special vessel in which to scatter ashes.

The cremated remains may also be stored in an urn displayed on a shelf at home, placed in a columbarium, buried in a burial plot or entombed in a crypt with a mausoleum. You may carry the remains of the deceased with you if you are moving elsewhere. 

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Artwork, Shapes, Colours and Concepts

When decorating or creating a design for a cremation urn, keepsake or jewelry object it is helpful to draw inspiration from your life experiences or the dearly departed’s life experience to be reflected.

Researching is also helpful I have been inspired to make objects and designs from studying religious beliefs, stories, states of being, gods, mythology, history and other artworks. Usually these ideas are represented by existing symbols and designs. The imagery may then be resembled or adapted.

An individual’s personality can be reflected by their hobbies, favorite colors, animals, food, flowers, places, people and chosen religions beliefs and cultures.

Artwork and composition may be directed by Natures Beauty or Mans creation, there are plenty of ideas, stories and meaning when researching interpretations of flora, fauna, animals, geology, color and architecture.

Divinity and humanity: Religion  explores the human relationship with the divine and the mysteries of death.Wilkinson, Phillip. “Religion & Society.” Illustrated Dictionary of Religions. London: Dorling Kindersley, 1999. 6-119. Print.

Religious beliefs and practices are often associated with a celestial power directing human life and death. Faithfulness  to a religion implies believing in this divine force, as well as most religions offering moral guidance for believers. Commitment to these ideas may provide solidarity with in communities. These communities share values by taking part in religious practises and festivals.

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A funeral is a ceremony

A funeral is a ceremony which signifies the end of a life on earth. It is a proceeding which gives friends and family an opportunity to express their grievances and be thankful for knowing and sharing the individuals time on earth.

The formalities and rituals at a funeral depend on many beliefs, one’s own faith family traditions and practices.

Planning the funeral can be to ones preference. Some plan ahead writing eulogies selecting requiems music songs and readings. Compiling photographs and film. Memorial objects can be planned such as Cremation Urns for ashes, Tiles and Urn Jewelry. Planning the artwork to reflect one’s personality, beliefs or sentiment, may bring comfort to the loved ones left behind.

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Introducing my new harvest collection of bowls

handmade & decorated ceramic home wares

The harvest collection is decorated with organic shapes and vibrant colors, inspirational attributes of design from organic vegetables purchased from the local farmers markets.  Abstract Linear patterns and shapes of produce and environment.

These vessels have been made with earthenware clay and decorated with non toxic under and over glazes. Hand thrown on a potters wheel and then fired twice at very high temperatures.
These art bowls can be used to decorate your home as center pieces or to add a shape or color to your furniture which vary in dimensions and colors please see more individual details in the online shop

You are able to buy the whole collection or bowl sets named the Harvest Collection.

The Harvest collection is a concept and theme which celebrates the beautiful produce the earth provides.  Warming up any table or special meal on offer a hand made collection of ceramic dishes, bowls and platters. 

handmad ceramic bowls by Elsie Cogar

handmad ceramic bowls by Elsie Cogar

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Ceramic Bowls, Cups and Vases great Christmas gifts

handmade hand painted art piece for home office decor

Handmade and Hand-painted

Hello ready for you to enjoy many objects painted and glass enameled (glazed). Browse products

Art For Sale is an art practice and we want to keep practicing, affordable prices freight to be worked out.  Collecting Art is an inspiring hobby and we have made objects which can be functional and displayed anywhere.  Why not have a piece delivered to your loved ones for a special occasion or just as a special gift or reward letting them know you are thinking of them.

Art For Sale art pieces have been hand painted and decorated with many bright colours and patterns, ready for your interpretation or interaction all I can say is that each piece is an output of many personal experiences, music and other media or nothing at all just spontaneous colours directing.

We have vessels shaped like,

  • cups 
  • spoons 
  • platters
  • jugs 
  • teapots 
  • Urns 

Shop from our choice of cup shapes great for your office or desk or as a sculpture for work, I use them to hold my pens and brushes etc.  I use one of the cups for my coffee and I’m making one for the bathroom for tooth brushes etc.  I know they don’t match anything that’s the idea there art pieces. Every object has an identity like a memory keepsake or a painting, great for give-aways at your wedding or special occasion.  Something different assured, objects that represent and reflect a time or feeling.

Dish shapes that can be used for party food such as Sushi, Indian, Chinese or any cuisine you prefer like the chopping boards which are popular however unlike boards or square plates, they have a curved bottom to catch all the juices and crumbs, less mess and a more attractive presentation. As well as being easier to carry around, there made of clay and baked at a high temperature so longer lasting than plastic. 

You do have to be a little careful as they are decorator pieces and may chip if clinked with other china or objects when washing up. (Wash separately )

Australian  Souvenir Cups Hand Made And Decorated In Australia With Popular Australian Culture Flora And Fauna

Choose from an assortment of small medium and large cups especially hand made and decorated for you, your co-worker family and friends.  These cups make that ideal special gift.  One off art pieces so unique, novelties for your office or home.

Australian Souvenir Small Bowls Hand Made And Decorated In Australia With Popular Australian Culture Flora And Fauna

Your choice of small bowls for an Australian souvenir or as decorator pieces for your special occasion table.

You can show off your gourmet meal with these beautiful little serving platters.

These small bowls are suitable for presenting fresh produce or that special dish. The brightly colours and abstract shapes reflect the holidays, happy times, family and friends getting together for a special celebration.


Handmade ceramic bowls by Elsie Cogar

Handmade ceramic bowls by Elsie Cogar

Australian  Souvenir Medium Bowls Hand Made And Decorated In Australia With Popular Australian Culture Flora And Fauna

Browse these medium sized bowls for the one that suits your interior decor perfect for your reception tables. Use to showcase your culinary skills or as presentation bowls to reward some one special.  These medium sized bowls are the ideal tableware to compliment, or create an ambiance.  Collectable art for your enjoyment or gift.


Australian  Souvenir Large Bowls Hand Made And Decorated In Australia With Popular Australian Culture Flora And Fauna

Handmade ceramic cups by Elsie Cogar

Large handmade and decorated bowls which are perfect for presenting fresh fruit or serving platters for all types of food.  Saucy dishes to finger foods and canopies.  Large bowls are great for soups or hotpots and some of the flatter bowls could be used for cakes and baked goods as well as pizzas and nachos.

Large bowls for decorating spaces colours that reflect the Australian bush and coastal towns. 

Each one of these bowls is also unique so you can collect them.

handmade hand painted art pieces

handmade hand painted art pieces

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Wedding & Christmas Decorations

handmade hand painted art pieces

Wedding Tableware

Art for Sale is working on a new range of tableware that can be used for special events and occasions please see the following images for examples of wedding centerpieces and wedding table decorations. The wedding decorations and wedding centrepieces can also be used as serving platters, goblets & cups or vases and candle holders. All wedding tableware is ceramic and hand thrown (hand made on a wheel) with or without many glaze colors and available sizes.

All pieces are individual though similar in shape and colors , you could include one decorated object amongst many to signify your bride. (Installation table centre pieces).

handmade hand painted art pieces

Christmas Tableware

Art for sale have a range of tableware inspired by the natural Australian landscapes and fauna. Please see the following images for examples : objects ready for your christmas table

Australian Christmas by the sea and country, crockery and table decor. Please see below  right vessels used as Luminators, they have been hand painted with Frangipani flowers.

The cups, vases or table decorations remind me of our Australian natural environment, colors of the land and rocks. The earthly formations of the bush and sea beds.

handmade hand painted art pieces

handmade hand painted art pieces

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Cremation Urns for Humans & Pets

Cremation Urns

A memory keepsake can be in various forms. Shortly there will be examples of Cremation Urns hand thrown with or without decorations.We can design a very special Cremation Urn to suit. If you have a photo of your loved one we can, engrave or paint the image onto the Creamtion Urn or ask about a portrait sculpture of the image.

Art for sale will be using many different glaze colors to enamel the Cremation Urns and posts examples of glazed Cremation Urns In subsequent Studio News. We will keep you posted about the developing Cremation Urns art objects. One off pieces with or without decorations and different glazes. If you would like further information, please do not hesitate in contacting me and togeather we can work on a suitable composition of image color and shape. Or you can just browse the Cremation Urns available in our future online store.

Since the beginning, there have been many views about the concept of death, how one deals with it and so on. Cremation Urns have been found in ancient burial cities. The Romans and Greeks believed that a proper funeral procedure and burial was essential for the path to the afterlife. One ceremonial procedure was to place a coin on the deceased’s mouth to represent an offering to the charon(ferryman in greek mythology) the being who carries the souls of the newly deceased across the rivers that divided the world of the living from that world of the dead. The following image is a columbarium, underground vaults that store Cremation Urns, Sculptures and Memorial tiles with the deceased’s details.